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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June 18, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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  • Dave Wier

    I cannot figure out WHERE we go to see the pictures John Bachelor is always OOOing and AAAAing about!!! I always want to go to your website and view them, Please help. Thank you!
    Long time listener,
    Dave Wier

  • Dave Wier: I am baffled by your question. All you have to do is go to Behind the Black’s main page:

    You can also reach that url by simply clicking on the banner image at the top of every post or by clicking on the menu at the top of the page and clicking on “Home,” things you do on almost all websites.

    You then simply scroll down. I guarantee you will see everything.

  • I should add that you can also use the search box on the webpage (located in the right column at both the top and bottom) to search for “cool image.” That’ll get you a lot, right off the bat.

  • Icepilot

    SN-15 & 16 on each side of the front gate or on each side of the Starbase sign. Keep them shiny & they will dazzle all visitors.

  • Mark

    Bob, all the cool kids are waiting for you to create a video channel of your posts on Rumble. And you don’t even have to shoot video. You could just use the pictures from your post and do a voice over. You could string together 3 existing posts of cool Mars pictures for example. That way you could make some extra cash, and we could share posts with our nieces and nephews who mainly look at video news on their phones. Yes I know it’s sad the youngsters don’t want to go to a website and actually read. But it is the way of the world now. Remember, RUMBLE wants you! (And they won’t censor you)

  • Mark: Thank you for the kind words and encouragement. Doing what you suggest however would be far more work than I presently have time for, as much as I might want to do it.

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