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.

History Unplugged – The Age of Discovery 2.0: Episode 4

Episode four of the six part series, The Age of Discovery 2.0, from the podcast, History Unplugged, is now available here.

This is the episode where Scott Rank interviewed me about my new book, Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space. From his show summary:

Today’s guest is Robert Zimmerman, author of “Conscious Choice,” which describes the history of the first century of British settlement in North America. That was when those settlers were building their own new colonies and had to decide whether to include slaves from Africa.

In New England, slavery was vigorously rejected. The Puritans wanted nothing to do with this institution, desiring instead to form a society of free religious families, a society that became the foundation of the United States of American, dedicated to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

In Virginia however, slavery was gladly embraced, resulting in a corrupt social order built on power, rule, and oppression.

Why the New England citizens were able to reject slavery, and Virginians were not, is the story with direct implications for all human societies, whether they are here on Earth or on the far-flung planets across the universe.

I think what I say nicely complements what Glenn Reynolds and Robert Zubrin said in the previous episodes.


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  • Richard M

    Really enjoyed this segment, Bob. My only complaint is that it wasn’t long enough!

  • Richard M: Thank you for the kind words. To learn more I guess you will have to buy the book. ;)

  • wayne

    I’m going to drop this in here….

    “Neal Stephenson: Sci-Fi, Space, Aliens, AI, VR & the Future of Humanity…”
    Lex Fridman Podcast 240 (November 11, 2021)

  • Cotour


    You’re a proud Democrat? You’re a weak, Jello spined RINO Republican? You’re a “Woke” corporate Globalist? You’re “Woke” BLM? You’re “Woke” ANTIFA? And you protest against how “The white man” oppresses the weak, the under privileged minorities and the oppressed in our country? You are squarely against the slavery of the past and demand retribution and reparations? But you support the slavery of the present? As long as it exists in the oppressive Communist China that is apparently.

    And you think solar panels and lithium batteries are essential to fight “Climate Change”? And China is doing absolutely NOTHING to contribute to what you say is essential in fighting “Climate Change”. Just one more political fraud and lie, off site CO2 production and modern day slavery, undisputed, that you can not see that makes you feel good? I think you can understand what is going on here. (I think)

    “Senate Dems Blocking Measure To Prohibit Imports Made With Chinese Slave Labor”

    “Senate Democrats are blocking legislation that would prohibit imports from China made with Uyghur slave labor, in response to pressure from Biden administration officials who fear the bill would torpedo climate negotiations with the Chinese government, congressional sources told the Washington Free Beacon.” ” Presidential climate envoy John Kerry, among others, has been lobbying House members against the bill, ”

    “Kerry Lobbying Against Legislation To Ban Import of Chinese Goods Produced by Slave Labor”

    BEASTMODE: GOP Senator Says John Kerry Undermining American Interests

    John Kerry, friend and savior of the oppressed? Or slave master of the oppressed and American sell out? If it looks like a duck.–~D

  • Cotour

    From: Strategy Over Morality / S.O.M.:

    “In this “conversation”, leadership in the empowered “Political Realm” or their empowered subordinates step “down” to the public’s level, the “Pedestrian Realm”, and presents information, agenda, policy or strategy in a tailored, palatable package the public can believe and comfortably accept. Leadership then steps back to their “higher” level, formulates and executes “necessary”, BY THEIR SUBJECTIVE STANDARDS, agenda, policy and strategy where the public’s interpretation of morality or truth is not relevant or becomes optional.”


    To become politically empowered by an electorate is to be assumed to be in possession of a clear understanding of what the greater good and interests are as it relates to your enumerated fiduciary responsibilities. (And you know what happens when we assume)

    And this is why when you elect or empower those who can clearly be demonstrated to be weak and but the political puppets of their betters, political tools, traitorous ego maniacs in other words, you are in deep trouble.

    John Kerry IMO is the worst of the worst.

    In my SUBJECTIVE opinion that is. And in the end if one can not trust their own common sense and judgement then what is one?

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