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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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Nicaragua forms space agency

The new colonial movement? In what appears to be a complete surprise within its own scientific community, the government of Nicaragua today announced the formation of its own space agency.

[T]he National Assembly approved the creation of the agency for the “defence of supreme interests” in space. It will seek “to expand the country’s capacities in the educational, industrial, scientific and technological branches”, according to president Daniel Ortega´s proposal.

The article at the link provides little information about this government effort, and instead is mostly filled with commentary by other scientists expressing their opposition to it. Nor can I blame them. Unlike rich countries like the UAE, Nicaragua is one of the poorest in Latin America. It can’t afford to buy the educational resources of the United States, as the UAE did.

Moreover, it is ruled by a socialist/communist government whose ability to produce wealth is exceedingly limited. If anything, the nation’s poverty is because of that government’s top-down policies. Establishing a space agency is merely another aspect of this approach, and will likely only act to provide photo ops for its leaders and little benefit to its citizens.

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7 comments

  • Matthew from Miami

    With the internet these days I’m sure they could learn it all from youtube

  • Phill O

    Most probable scenario is it gives them an out when the Chinese launch from there and put even more pressure on the good old USA.

  • Jerry Greenwood

    True, It’s China. They have been poking around Central America for years and have a space tracking radar on the outskirts of Managua.

  • Jeff Wright

    Wasn’t that where the replacement for the Panama Canal was to be located? I thought Ortega died and FARQ hung up their arms. Coffee and coke are about all they have.

  • Jerry Greenwood

    Yes, there was a revival of the sea level canal idea and lots of hoopla surrounding the Chinese investing a bunch of money in the project but nothing ever came of it. I’m sure the Chinese spread lots of money around and made lots of friends in Nicaragua and now have their foot in the door for future endeavors. They are a patient culture and when the time is right will spring the trap.

  • Jeff Wright

    I hope they do invest there-maybe jobs will draw folks away from our boarder. Instead of a Bering Strait bridge-maybe they could gradually link the Antarctic ‘spur’ which reaches up towards the tip of South America. It will be hard due to constant winds and currents-but that makes it the one place alt energy takes place. Each platform can serve double duty as bridge supports-so trucks and trains can harvest ice. No tropical illness-and no terrorists driving on Silk Road II to Bejing. That’s gonna backfire on them. Saudi oil money needs to back this for water-and if the Greens try to stop it I will actually cheer the China soldiers as they start laying rifle butts upside some Greenpeace skulls

  • Star Bird

    Come on they need Jobs down there so they wont be coming up here Astronuats from Nicararua

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