Conscious Choice cover

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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Far right radicals make declaration

A group of far right radicals, some of which had been accused of many crimes against the legal government, today made a declaration that clearly required their arrest for daring to defy the powers-that-be.

From the first two paragraphs:

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Without a doubt our country’s corrupt ruling class in Washington finds these words appalling and unacceptable. Some, mostly leftists and Democrats, consider the man who wrote these words evil, and the men who signed it worse.

But then, these fools have never read these words or anything thing else Thomas Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers wrote. Or if they have, they weren’t smart enough to understand them.

Happy Fourth of July! And as it says on the Liberty Bell, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”


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  • Cotour

    The Democrats and the Left find themselves in a very precarious political position, put their by their own desperate anti and un American positions. Power at any cost for the sake of power in itself comes with its own costs.

    The Democrats and the Left have nothing other than what is 180 degrees from Trump and his full throated declaration that America is great and will remain great as long as he has a say about it.

    And there in lies their problem, the Democrats and the Leftists that now dominate them have all through their desperation become anti and un American as a political strategy.

    You can not run for office in America on an anti and even un American platform, it just won’t fly for the many obvious reasons that it will not fly. The Democrats only platform? “We are not Trump”. But in saying that and that being their narrative they are also saying “We are not Trump, and we are anti American”.

    One big lead balloon.

    Related to this panel: George Washington, Freedom fighter or Domestic terrorist?

    The Democrats are now obligated to call George Washington a Domestic terrorist.

    And thats just a bad place to have to be. The Democrats existential death spiral continues, and thats a good thing.

  • wayne

    King George’s response to the Olive Branch Petition
    read by John Hancock

  • Ian C.

    Happy 4th of July. Liberty for all on Earth and beyond.

  • Gene Shipp

    Thanks for posting this Robert.

  • Edward

    In reference to Nike and the Betsy Ross flag:
    Of course the Betsy Ross flag is hurtful. She was a Pennsylvanian, a well-known slave state. Naturally, anything associated with that state should be banned for all eternity, and only the Northerner abolitionist states should be acknowledged as good. Or maybe neutral, since nothing about America pre-Obama or post-Obama can possibly be considered good, and even the Obama years could be considered good because that was the first (and only?) time in her adult life that Michelle Obama was proud of her country.

    “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” — Thomas U. P. Charlton The Life of Major General James Jackson (Augusta, Ga.: Randolph & Co., 1809).

    Apparently, banning virtually everything from the American Revolution is part of an eternal vigilance — an anti-liberty vigilance.

    What a shame it is that Nike couldn’t celebrate Independence Day with the rest of us.

    What an irony it is that left wingers complain about the actions and words of other leftists; apparently they don’t recognize their own kind and — just because they disagree with them — think of them as right wingers. There are plenty of videos running around of leftists disagreeing to quotes of Trump or other Republicans, only to be surprised that the quotes come from leftists that they respect. (3 minutes)

    This shows that they don’t care what the ideas are, they only care about the people who state the ideas. A nation of laws, where the laws apply to all, is not so important to them as is a nation of people, where certain Clintons can commit felonies with impunity (“For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States“) and certain General Flynns are tried for crimes not committed (“For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences“).

    The Constitution may not be perfect, but it is better than what we have now.

    In reference to Thomas Jefferson:
    What a shame it is that modern America does not remember the laws that made it so difficult to free slaves.

    Thank you for linking to the Declaration of Independence. Most people do not realize that the very first, top, number-one, primary grievance was a reference to King George refusing to assent to laws that made slavery illegal in any of the American colonies. The states wanted liberty, not the centralized control the that United States is moving toward, once again, today.

  • Col Beausabre

    Actually, Nike pulling the shoe was the right thing to do, but for the wrong reason. Here’s the right reason

    4 US Code Section 8 Respect for the flag

    (d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.

  • Cotour

    The most dangerous actress / politician in America today. She wears a $600 watch and at the same time feigns concern so well. It is a brave new world, maybe Colin Kappernick and her will hook up, what a Communist / Marxist duo they would make. They would be unstoppable! Nike stock price? The Movado stock price would go through the roof!×435.jpg

    (Apparently an empty parking lot upsets her, she is soo sensitive.)

    (She gets cuter every time I see her, what am I going to do!? Im in her district, she for sure will walk in my door some day. She was just down the street from me last week!)

  • wayne

    The Tears of a Clown
    Paul Joseph Watson
    June 28, 2019

  • wayne

    Execution of Nicolae & Elena Ceausescu

  • Michael G. Gallagher

    The Democrats may have entered an existential death spiral, but people should remember that a drowning man can still latch onto and take another person down into the depths with him.

  • wayne

    “Glory and Gore”

  • Cotour

    All potentials exist, thats why through strong unambiguous leadership the Democrat demise can be managed. Thats how you help them.

    Strong horse, unambiguous leadership whether it is regarding an agenda that you agree with or do not agree with is more likely to prevail. The Democrats presently are through the evidence that they themselves supply Un American, anti American and this compounds their lack of true leadership and vision. And no one that I see on the horizon has the ability to turn this around at the present time and so they must continue their descent.

    The Democrats are in the process of fracturing into three components: The meaty middle class type everyday Americans (These are the most confused of the Democrats), the Liberal Democrats who run primarily on emotion, and then the Leftist / Marxist Democrats that are threatening the other two with their activism and cut throat leaning to violent ways.

    For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The investigations of the investigators (FBI, DOJ, CIA leadership and “Russian Collusion” etc) is all coming together, so what will the Democrat leadership tend to roll out in order to somehow counter balance what will hopefully be earth shattering? Keep an eye on this Jeffrey Epstein case that is being revealed at this interesting time. This will by necessity have to be attached to Trump in some manner in order to dirty him before the election. Thats what it looks like anyway.

    If Barr is what he appears to be, the leader of the Paladins of the DOJ, then the much too governmental, internally corrupt America that we all know at the moment will in real ways be transformed as these high level agency leadership prosecutions are brought. And they need to be brought with the force that they so badly need to be brought for all of our American and the rest of the worlds sake.

    America, the same as and nothing special, as the Democrats would have all Americans believe? For that is the only way that the Democrats can prevail. OR, America, one of a kind, warts and all, a unique and exceptional social experiment that the entire world depends on to be whole and lead the world?

    Choose one (Not much of a choice in my opinion). The first choice proposes that America stand down and the world descend into chaos that the Chinese will clearly easily dominate. The other choice demands that America rise to the occasion and once again secure the mantle of leadership where it belongs, on our shoulders.

    Please America, do not confuse yourself as to what is at stake here.

  • Cotour

    To my “The Democrats are Un / Anti American” point.

    The women’s soccer champions who’s hatred for Trump eclipses their patriotism is clearly displayed. A world champion team symbolically and literally steps on their own flag in the ongoing dispute with a president that they do not prefer. Nasty.

    Why? The Left sees Trump as having co opted the American flag and it is now his symbol of political warfare. I happen to have had this conversation recently with someone that I know, A Democrat, who had doubts about putting up the American flag.

    I had to explain to her that the flag is everyone’s flag. She is still conflicted.

    By any means necessary, as the Left like to say.

  • Cotour

    Want to see an interesting “coincidence” here?

    Keeping it all in the family. Which state poses the biggest threat to Trump?

    His own, New York State.

    Will this be leveraged in the future as the Comey, McCabe, Brennan etc. indictments roll out? Seems likely to me as we follow the string.

    Keep in mind, IMO there are no coincidences at this level, there is only balance and counter balance and then the resulting strategic agreement. Political warfare, not morality is playing out.

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