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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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Half a million Californians to lose their health insurance because of Obamacare.

Half a million Californians to lose their health insurance because of Obamacare.

We are learning now that Obamacare was very specifically designed to eliminate many health insurance plans, especially the ones that cost less and provided fewer benefits (the kinds of plans that young, healthy people prefer). Considering the blatant promise by Obama, repeated over and over again before Obamacare was passed, that if people liked their plan they would get to keep it, these appalling numbers and the fact that Obamacare is very clearly designed to eliminate these low-cost plans, Obama either knew his statement was an outright lie, or he is truly one of the most incompetent presidents ever.

In the first case he was dishonest and corrupt, intending to force a change that people did not want. In the second, Obama was pushing for the passage of a law to which he literally had no understanding. I’m not sure which is worse.


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  • joe quigly

    The implication behind your brief opinion stated here is something good was disrupted. But we never had a “health care system” because there was nothing systematic about it. What you are accusing Obama of doing, physicians do all the time. They don’t understand the biochemistry of the drugs they peddle. Remember the melting of heart valves with “fen-phen” diet treatments? Remember the women who got breast cancer for the dream of avoiding menopause through hormone therapy? Do we have an automobile repair “system”? You take your car in to a practice and hope to hell they do more good than harm and don’t rip you off. I see no difference in the way human repairs work in reality. This one person’s opinion is that we had nothing to lose by tampering with the existing health care “system.”

  • Why are you trying to change the subject? I was not commenting on the problems of the American healthcare and insurance business. I was commenting on the corrupt manner Obama sold Obamacare to the American people. The two are separate issues, and deserve separate consideration.

    Before the passage of Obamacare, many people who opposed the law put forth many reasonable objections to it. They also put forth many reasonable alternative proposals. Obama and the Democrats stonewalled every single one of these objections and proposals to force into law their plan, with no compromise or discussion.

    We can now take an objective look at that plan, as it unfolds. It stinks. And it was forced through with lies. That is the point I was making. You unfortunately want to avoid it. Too bad. As the old saying goes, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. You appear to like to be fooled.

  • Chris L

    It’s clear that Obama had (and continues to have) no idea what the law he signed actually does. He prefers campaigning to governing, as the former is the only one he knows anything about. So the details (and the big parts) of the bill are of no interest to him. He is lying through willful ignorance.

  • ken anthony


    System is the problem. It’s called the knowledge problem. Free enterprise is the only system you need to fix the problem. Nothing to lose??? Open your eyes to reality like the millions that have lost options because of nanny government idiots thinking they can fix what isn’t broke. Any problem with an insurance industry is fixed with more competition, not by the government running competition out of business.


    Don’t be like Bill O’Reilly, letting these bastards off the hook (giving them the benefit of the doubt.) Doubt exists when somebody does something wrong occasionally. Where there is a pattern, there is no doubt.

  • “In the first case he was dishonest and corrupt, intending to force a change that people did not want. In the second, Obama was pushing for the passage of a law to which he literally had no understanding.”

    I don’t see that the alternatives are mutually exclusive.

  • Pzatchok

    Obama wanted to fix the insurance industry.

    Not the health care industry.

    Hows that fix working for you? Get everything you want yet?

  • Lois Johnson

    You need to find a car repair shop that has a good reputation and repeat customers. It would be foolish to go to just any car repair shop. The shop I go to has been in business for decades and stands by their warranties. They remember you, offer good coupons, and they send you a postcard to remind you that it is time to come in for a service such as an oil change. They listen to you and explain things to you if you ask. They understand business.
    If they were run by the government, I doubt I would receive such good service. There would be no incentive for good customer service. This is the major complaint about government run healthcare.

  • Publius 2

    As Blair Ivey rightly pointed out, the options are not mutually exclusive. It has become obvious to anyone with a critical facility that Obama — and, more directly, his puppeteers — want to take over American society completely, beginning with the healthcare industry (if you dispute the term “system,” Mr. Quigly), and extending to include everything in the Bill of Rights. If you doubt this, you need only to read the words of Mr. Bill Ayers, who once declared that transforming American would require the elimination of perhaps 25 million people. Yes, the man in whose living room Barack Obama began his presidential campaign, the man who has never apologized for the injuries caused by his bombs, and the man (in the image of Stalin and Mao) who would feel no qualms about murdering his fellow citizens by the millions, has never attempted to disguise his goals. Those same goals are shared by the man who now holds the presidency. Obamacare has nothing to do with healthcare or health insurance. It has everything to do with control of our most personal information, and with it tyranny over us. Those who understand this are committed to destroy it; those who don’t are doomed to fall under it.

  • Edward


    Whatever drug you are on, please discontinue it immediately. It is not helping.

    We used to have a system of competition, which may *look* haphazard, but it creates incentives for the competitors to improve their products and services. They overcome their fear of failure in order to make the better or cheaper drugs (the drug you are on is not one of the better ones), and treatments.

    A “system” that is mandated by government does not have much incentive for improvement. Indeed, when the goal is to reduce costs, the incentive is to not develop or supply the costly drugs or procedures, even if they can reasonably be expected to become cheaper later. The incentive is to fear and avoid the possibility of failures, like the “fen-phen” treatments, thus better treatments never come to be. Complacency with what we have becomes the new normal, not a desire for better.

    So, yes. It is a system made up of several industries: insurance, pharmaceuticals, hospitals, clinics, ophthalmologists, etc working together, even as competitors, to make a better world. We should complain that Obamacare is destroying the system that made US healthcare the “go-to” system around the world.

  • Edward

    Further, Joe:

    We have plenty to complain about with the Obamacare “System.” As doctors leave their profession because they don’t like the new system, we will get LESS care, not more. As nurses replace doctors, as California plans to do, we will get LOWER QUALITY healthcare.

    The new system adversely affects even more areas of our lives. Millions of workers are finding that they cannot find full-time employment and part-timers are finding that their hours are being reduced to less than 30 per week. So just as healthcare costs skyrocket on us, we find that we have less income to pay for it. And those who can find second part-time jobs have their prosperity (lifestyles, or enjoyment of life) reduced because they now have to spend even MORE of their valuable free time commuting to their second jobs. And they will not get overtime at either job, even if they work the more-than-40 hours per week needed to pay for the higher healthcare costs.

    Even those who need not get second jobs suffer, too, as more of their “disposable” income is diverted to the higher healthcare costs. This requires that they spend less on vacations, restaurants, hobbies, and other industries that increase prosperity (enjoyment of life). As less is spent in those industries, the workers in those industries receive less income or even lose their jobs altogether. How does that improve either their ability to obtain the expensive healthcare or to enjoy life?

    With all this new suffering, how does the Obamacare “system” work any better than the old “non-system?” I really want to know.

    And why couldn’t the president and Congress be honest with us about the new system? Why did they promise things that didn’t come true, even though a majority of Americans ALWAYS opposed it? Why did they change rules and bribe fellow Senators in order to pass the bill in the middle of the night (literally)? Why did they have to pass it in order for us to find out what was in it (and boy! have we been finding out) rather than be honest about what was in it? Why was such corruption and malice necessary, and why should we put up with them?

    Our government used to be above such things, and we used to vote out of office those politicians who were so. We should continue to do so, don’t you think?

  • Edward

    How could I have forgotten the complaint of the worst, most insidious, least moral of all the Obamacare problems: The reduction of our freedoms?

    How is it moral that we are coerced into spending our precious resources on something whether we want it or not? Coerced. Required. Just for breathing. No choice, unless we want to be scofflaws (what parent hopes and dreams for his children to grow up to be scofflaws?). And there are MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS on what we must buy.

    On average, we Americans make a little less than $50 thousand, of which we seem to be being required — REQUIRED — to spend about 1/5, on average.

    To use an analogy (as you did with auto repair), someone who is comfortable and happy living in an apartment studio would now be required to buy a three bedroom house. No choice, three bedrooms and two baths are the minimum, and we have to own it.

    (Let’s not even get into the requirements that violate some people’s values.)

    Why is that fair? I really want to know.

    Anyone who favors Obamacare, or even thinks it deserves a chance, cannot be “pro-choice.” They are favoring or trying-out an anti-choice “system.”

    Worse, now that the government has usurped our rights to do with our property (money) as we wish, what will be the next expensive thing (or even inexpensive — it is still a loss of our liberty) that they require of us?

    (I apologize to everyone if I sound a little angry, but that is how I feel right now.)

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