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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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February 12, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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  • Ray Van Dune

    Bob, great columns as always in revealing the big picture in space developments. A couple of nits: I am pretty sure that Voyagers 1 and 2 are now a bit beyond object Waywayout., and of course getting further away all the time, since they are not in orbit around the Sun, but on an escape trajectory.

    Secondly, the plane of the solars system is the “ECliptic”, not “ELLiptic”, although the orbits of the planets are ELLiptical.

    Ps. I think the “Ecliptic” actually refers to the path the Sun follows across the stars over a year, when viewed from Earth. Since each planet has a slightly different orbital inclination, there is only an average plane of the planets and it is just called that… the average plane of the planets, as far as I know.

  • Ray Van Dune: Re the Voyager craft, I was asked a question and answered off the cuff, so I am not surprised I was not quite right. I just checked. Voyager 1 is at 152 au. Voyager 2 is at 127 au.

    So I was half right. Either way, both are now considered beyond the heliosphere and thus in interstellar space, outside the solar system. Farfarout though farther away than Voyager 2 is still part of the solar system because it remains in orbit around the Sun.

    As for my misuse of elliptic, thank you. I say a lot in a short amount of time, and garble my words sometimes.

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