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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


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December 10, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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  • Jay

    I noticed that John Batchelor does a few of his shows from Azerbaijan. This is the second time I have heard him there. Is there a big story there or is this a working vacation?
    I miss listening to him on my commute home. The local station pushed his show one hour later to play Michael Savage, whom I do not care for.

  • Chris

    John Batchelor is a national treasure.
    There is no greater depth of detail nor level of understanding in such a succinct package.

    Mr Batchelor has gone to Azerbaijan three time I believe. these are at the request and sponsored by both Azerbaijan and his other sponsor for global business, Scala. I may be a little off on this but I think it is essentially correct.

    In his travels to Azerbaijan Mr Batchelor has raised my education on this part of the world quite a bit (e.g. Azerbaijan had women’s suffrage before the US). Azerbaijan is in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. My understanding of this region is very limited. Perhaps my fault or the fault of an education and media system that focuses on Europe, North America and China/Japan.

    In any case, Mr Batchelor has helped reveal a majority Muslim country (over 90% -lazy not looking that up) that has good relationships with Israel and is working to improve their standing in the West. Mr Batchelor’s travels have opened my eyes to this country and removed some of my prejudice w.r.t. Muslim countries. This reporting also shows the emergence of a Soviet Block country rising from under the Soviet grip after their fall. From his reporting it seems that Azerbaijan is trying to enter the world as a mostly capitalistic country with reasonable freedom for its citizens.

    On this most recent trip Mr Batchelor travels to Azerbaijan at what looks to be the possibility of a longer term solution to the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. Here we see in-depth reporting from an area somewhat ignored by the main stream press (MSM/MSP) in the US. This country and region could, may or will play a major role in providing energy to Europe. This is but one story I do not see much coverage on by the MSM.

    With all this said, i would like to see more coverage by Mr Batchelor or others (since his coverage of the US, Europe, Space, Tech, History …etc.) of places Like Latvia, Estonia and Indonesia, Maylaysia …etc.

    I apologize if I took this far away from the original question – but I cannot say enough about John Batchelor’s reporting.
    Try the pod cast and listen at your leisure.

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