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.


Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

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  • Nick P

    Bob, I can’t find a way to make a contribution with a MasterCard. Looks like contributions can only be done with paypal and I don’t use paypal.

  • Thank you for donation offer. I really appreciate it.

    I can only take credit cards through Paypal. If you are willing, however, you can always mail me a check directly. I will email you my address if this appeals to you.

  • Nick P

    Bob, what I’m suggesting is to allow a mastercard donation in the same way you allow a subscription with mastercard.

    If that’s not possible then email you address.

    Nick P.

  • Bob:
    Truly enjoy your website!
    I don’t have account w/paypal.
    If you could e-mail me your address I would be happy to send a check.
    Keep up the good work,
    Mike Earley

  • jeff medvin

    I follow your appearances on john Batchelor and the space show. (with anticipation). many thanks

  • Joe Foss

    I listened intently to you on Coast last night. I have heard we are mining the moon and and possible other planets. Specifically, in a book written by a woman who was in the Air Force and was forced to ride in a UFO with too other Air Force men, an Officer and the vehicle was operated by a alien, She was forced to provide sex fro the other workers which were also being held against their will on the moon where mining operations were being conducted. She was not allowed to talk to anyone as they were being guarded by the Grays. They drugged here to make her forget and she had hypnosis to revive her memory. Good Book. The thing is, what elements are we seeking or mining that we do not have on earth? If we have the technology to go to other planets, we should have the ability to synthesize any element. So, what are we mining there on these planets? Additionally, you mentioned you were talking to a whistle blower…What does he say who is behind this mining? Are the ETs in control here for the mining; seems they are always present as guards. What does the whistle blower say about what we are mining? When is he going public to name names and agencies? Is he afraid of his life; if not, why not. This is important information wee need to know. Thanks,
    d of his life

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