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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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Dennis Praeger asks: Do you know anyone whom you could trust to hide you from the Nazis?

Link here. The essay begins with something that is always in the back of the mind of every Jew since the day the Romans kicked our ancestors out of Israel:

There is something about most Jews that few non-Jews know: We Jews often ask ourselves if a non-Jew in our lives would hide us in the event of a Nazi-like outbreak.

I don’t know if young Jews think about this, but nearly all Jews who grew up in the decades following the Holocaust often wondered: Would this non-Jew hide me?

If you are Jewish and have been educated at all about your people’s history, you can’t help thinking about this. It is a variation of an essay I wrote back in January, when it was clear the intolerant and power-hungry Democratic Party was going to take power. At that time I said that America was becoming like Soviet Russia, where you chose your friends very carefully because if you didn’t, you might find yourself betrayed and reported to the secret police.

My example was generic, applying to everyone under the thumb of a dictatorship. Praeger gives a more nuanced example, from the Jewish perspective where repeatedly the larger society decided all Jews must be killed. In both cases, you no longer can be at ease with everyone you meet. You need to look at each new acquaintance in very stark and cold terms. And as Praeger notes, you need to ask: Would this person turn me over to the Gestapo to save their own lives, or would they do the righteous thing, no matter the risk, and protect me?

These are questions Americans now unfortunately have to think about. More significantly, we are at a moment where we can not only think them, but we can ask them aloud, to people’s faces. We can say to people we know: Would you save me from the Nazis? Or would you hide in fear, or turn me in? By asking that bluntly we might finally get some of the “go-along-to-get-along” types to finally wake up.

Read Praeger’s essay. He goes into great detail describing the kind of people who are more likely to protect the innocent from evil, no matter the risk. You might be surprised by what he says.

The question you next have to ask: Does this describe myself?


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  • Anonymous

    Dennis is my rabbi.

    As a gentile, I have given this thought. Where is the first place to hide my desperate neighbors should they have to knock on my door? And how would we turn that into a long term solution like the Frank family?

    And Bob, it’s /ancestors/ in your opening sentences.

  • Cotour


    * Covid and people being rationally cautious about receiving an experimental “Vaccine” being used as a reason to fire them and force them from their jobs. People who have successfully worked for the past almost two years with either getting and recovering from Covid and having immunity, or not getting it at all.

    * Military / soldiers / Seal Team Six, who are refusing to receive a vaccine because they have either all had Covid and now have immunity. Or they are not willing to have an experimental drug being injected into their bodies have been sidelined.

    (mRNA vaccines have in the short term been demonstrated to be effective to some degree in dialing down the effects and severity of Covid. BUT they do NOT eliminate the virus’s ability to infect those who have received the mRNA based vaccine who can also transmit the virus to others after receiving it.)

    * Police and law enforcement employees are being fired if they refuse to take the vaccine.

    * Teachers who will not comply with receiving the vaccine are being given notice that they will no longer be employed.

    The result? The gutting of the “Non compliant” middle class from being able to work under the label that they are not being “Responsible” and refuse to comply with what they see as unreasonable mandates and edicts from a government that they have come to understand clearly LIES to them and does not have their or our country’s long term interests in mind.

    They have all been deemed by the Leftist Democrats as pariahs, those who are to be shunned and outcast, they are to be “Othered”.

    Covid is being used by the Left as a reason to destroy what is and putting in place those who are compliant and obedient with governments Leftist agenda and edicts without any questioning or resistance. A very, very dangerous threat to America.

    Are you getting the general theme going on here as per the Leftist Democrat political machine agenda and those fronting for and pulling the strings in our current government, “We must fundamentally change America”?

    And NONE of this is either by mistake, or misstep or blunders it is clearly designed to destroy and force compliance. In the purposeful chaos and confusion there is strategy.

    Your a Democrat? You vote for and support the Democrat party? Are you a Socialist? No? Well you are now.

    What the hell are you going to do?–~D

  • Would this person turn me over to the Gestapo to save their own lives, or would they do the righteous thing, no matter the risk, and protect me?

    I believe there is a third (or in that ordering, first) choice: Would this person turn me over to the Gestapo to ingratiate himself?

    I might (probably would) turn someone in to save my life – I have very, very few friends I would give my life for – but it would need to be (nearly) that extreme for me to turn in anyone, no matter where on the “acquaintance” to “best friend” scale they fell.

    I’ve known people who would gleefully turn people in – not even caring if they were actually Jewish – just to virtue signal. Thankfully, there are none in my life at the moment.

  • Anomymous: Oy. Fixed. Thank you.

  • Jake V

    Dr. Jordan Peterson discusses about how if you grew up in Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s that you would be almost certainly be a Nazi. Group pressure is incredibly strong.

    A major problem for America is that most people don’t pay attention to what’s happening. The media doesn’t cover it. And most people want to think their government means well. But look at Obama’s birthday bash. The ruling class did not wear masks. But the servant class had to wear masks. The elite class is the ruling class. They believe themselves smarter and infallible. And the majority of Americans meekly follow them.

  • justmakingapoint

    Okay, so I just read this this morning:

    Here’s a question for any applicant (regardless of religion) wanting to hide in my attic:

    Did you (personally) just spend the past decade+ loudly shilling for, financing, masterminding, or participating in street action in support of either:
    A) The tyrrany you are currently running from, or
    B) The tyrrany that inspired the reactive tyrrany/pogrom you are currently running from?

    Once things have gone full totalitarian, you’re no longer asking people for some small courtesy, you’re asking them to risk their lives to save yours. Did you use your influence in the easy sunlit world before the nightmare trying to oppose it or trying to impose it?

    Note that I’m not explicitly generalizing (a luxury, btw, for when people are not trying to make life-or-death decisions on who to trust amid the flames of ethnic warfare or domination by a paranoid surveillance state.) Our country owes a lot to the Jews, and there are many prominent Jews who are currently speaking out, sometimes at professional risk, against our current leftist totalitarianism: I thank you, and them, for that.

    Then there are jerks like the author of that article. Just a reminder that the moral obligation goes both ways.

  • Cotour

    I have to share here on BTB what is going on in the real world, my real world:

    I have added several new people to my email list lately based on the degree of contention, fear and un American attitudes that are being fostered in America today.

    1. A 36 year old woman who worked as a vet tech who was given “The choice”. She quit, she wants to have children and she personally knows women who after getting the shot have had serious issues with their cycles and with bleeding. She has had Covid and blew it off and understands that she has immunity and sees no reason to get a shot that may threaten her future and wish to have a child. She is now cleaning houses to support herself.

    2. An 80 year old woman in a retirement home who is getting very frustrated and fearful about what she sees going on in America.

    3. A very Liberal woman of color who stopped me to ask me questions about what she sees going on in healthcare and the lies that she understands are being presented by the government.

    4. A very high level power player woman who takes many meetings who is now going to have to curtail those meetings if they are not able to be had out doors. Her comment? When this is over she will not be forgetting all of those who “Othered” her. Not someone you want thinking in those terms in relation to you.

    5. A younger man with a young boy who is home schooling him who used to until recently was a full blown Liberal. But no more.

    6. A man who heard me talking last year about how the government was going to hold on to this Covid issue and not let it go. I saw him after a year and out of the blue he says, ” You called it what the government was going to do with this Covid issue”. And then I told him what was coming and is now showing up in America: The “Vaccinated” are now infectious. I will see him soon enough.

    This is the atmosphere and the sentiment that is swirling around in at least a small segment of NYC. In the real world.

    AND, then we have those fully vaccinated Liberals now Leftists on the other side who have made me a pariah because I dared contracted Covid because I chose not to be vaccinated.

    What did one of my good friends send me? An opinion piece by one of my most detested NYT’s writers, Paul Krugman on “Responsibility” related to Covid.

    Fear drives most of this, but the moralistic positioning and “Othering” of me as you might assume, pisses me off. And I have understanding, but that just goes so far.

    I have a long memory also.

    All, of these mostly new to my email list are heavily on board with my perspective.

    And there in lies hope for our country.

  • Dean Hurt

    Americans, as a whole, seems to have conveniently forgotten how horrible the 1930’s and 40’s were in Nazi Germany and even here in the good ol’ USA. Many forget that there were small, but vocal and equally evil Jew-hating American Nazi groups based here in the US. Today’s Neo-Nazi “skinheads” aren’t worthy to tie the jack-boot straps of these heroes of racist jew-hating fiends, and are merely wannabes.
    Lest we forget, Gina Carano, of Madalorian fame, was fired for having the temerity to share actual historical evidence of how the Nazis were able to abuse the Jews so easily. Her horribly offensive tweet dared to shine light on the fact the the Nazi government encouraged the citizenry to abuse and hate Jews in order to numb them and make it easier for the heinous atrocities of the Holocaust by Hitler to happen.
    As a Christian and defender of Israel and Jews in general, I would gladly house and hide Jews if and when the USA finally loses it collective mind and becomes rabidly anti-semitic and start hunting them for sport. From the news headlines, we are not far off. Conservatives, Republicans, and anyone NOT a Leftist Democrat will be destroyed first. This has already started by the “Cancel Culture”. When the Leftists figure out that the rest of the population is conditioned properly, destruction of Jews will follow soon thereafter.

  • Dean Hurt

    We need to remember that some day, standing up to a abusive corrupt Government by hiding Jews, Conservatives, Right-thinkers, etc. could very well cost you your life. Let ’em come!

  • hondo

    I won’t save/hide you Bob!
    I will teach you how to fight and fight alongside you!
    There is a difference,

  • hondo: Sure, I agree (and have taken actions to implement my fighting ability). Still, there will always be those who cannot fight, such as children and many women. And if the power-hungry get powerful enough, fighting might not save them.

    The point however is emphasizing the need to identify those who are real allies, and those who are not. This is something that we now sadly must consider.

  • Cotour

    Lawyers, Courts and Money is how this MUST be fought.

    What we are all witness to is the American Democrat party political machine attempting to install the World Economic Forum / Klaus Shwab / “New World Order” and the / “Build Back better” / “In the future you will own nothing, and you will be happy” agenda.

    You can see a version of this being played out a bit more forcefully in Australia.

    But make no mistake, there are no mistakes being made here.

  • Greg the Geologist

    The link to the Epoch Times apparently wants the reader to register to read the full article. Free access using Dennis’ website:

  • James Street

    Dibs on the hide-a-bed in Robert’s guest room.

    Actually for the first eight months of this year I spent a chunk of my paychecks preparing for as many possible timelines as I could imagine. I’m fairly comfortable with whatever gets thrown at me. A friend has invited me to join him on his rural farm should things really head south. As long as I bring all my stuff. But I’ll stand in the breach until the last possible moment. I’ve always seen myself as one among those nameless forgotten masses lying dead on the battlefield.

    Personally I’m still optimistic that things will turn around. We just need a Lech Walesa to rise up and lead us. Someone I’ve never heard of named Riccardo Bosi appears to be doing that in Australia. Until I determine otherwise President Trump is my leader and he’s asking us to peacefully resist. And he’s a Very Stable Genius.

  • Questioner


    “Klaus Schwab”, not “Klaus Shwab”

  • pzatchok

    It might be time to plan and make that network of friends you trust with your life.

    If the police blocked all the roads into and out of your area could you escape on foot?
    Do you have a place safe to go for a night? Even if its and empty building.
    Do you have a few friends who would be willing to hide you for a day? Drive you to the next town?

    Just how uncomfortable are you willing to get to stay safe? Would you impersonate a homeless person? Right on down to the smell? How hungry are you willing to get?
    Are you willing to camp outside in any weather?
    Do you have enough cash on hand, not in the bank, to get you 500 miles away? Without using your ID.

    Would I hide a friend? Of course.
    A friend of a friend? Of course.
    Turn someone trusted or vouched for in? Die first.

  • Col Beausabre

    Stalin decided to go out one night to see if he was as beloved as Beria clained. He went to a movie house and sat down. The films began with a newsreel and everyone jumped to the feet, cheering and clapping, as soon as he apperaed on screen, He was stunned and tears of joy ran down his face. THE PEOPLE LOVED HIM! Then he got a nudge in the side and a hissed whisper, “We agree with you comrade, but it is not safe to remain seated and not cheer”

  • wayne

    Jake V–

    “Evil Bloody Well Exists…”
    Prof. Jordan Peterson
    excerpted from: “2017 Personality 04/05: Heroic and Shamanic Initiations”

  • Col Beausabre

    NEWS ITEM – CNN (there’s a right wing source for ya) claims VP Harris’ Office is in “frantic damage control” mode when she failed to take issue with a college student of his claims of Israeli genocide. Bob Z, please explain to a gentile how any Jew can vote for the Dems, please. There’s an old story of a Holocaust survivor who was asked what he learned from his experiences. His reply, “When somebody says they want to kill you, take them at their word and don’t laugh it off”

  • Gary

    Per Col. Beausabre:

    I chose to be ‘circumspect’ in my public utterances.

  • Gary

    A tree in plain sight, in a forest.

  • Gary

    A Che quote (Clausewitz’s, too?):

    Silence is revolution carried on by alternative means.

  • George C

    I worry that merely reading such an article puts me on a list for extra monitoring when the time comes to check on those who might be hiding something or someone. On a related note, I have definitely noticed the percentage of eccentrics at places like MIT declining over time. It is important to have the means to hide someone too, note just the morals.

  • wayne

    George C–
    ‘They’ already have your number, so to speak. (and your email, everything on your phone/computer, etc., etc., etc., ad infinitum.)
    The “Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center” in Utah, is and has been since 2014-ish, busily vacuuming up every single electronic communication in the entire Nation, on a daily basis.
    The conundrum has always been, “how do you find a needle in a haystack?”
    Well, one way is to preserve the entire haystack and inspect it at your leisure, and that is exactly what our overlords do.

  • Gary


    “War is thus an act of force to compel our enemy to do our will.”

    “War is merely the continuation of politics with other means.”

    Are you “man” enough?

    Your values. Your motivations.

  • Gary

    This can devolve in a whole lot of directions, each missing the point

  • Gary

    I might be an AI bot.

    Or not.

  • wayne

    “Red Sector A” (1984)

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