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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November 29, 2018 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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  • Steve Earle

    Mr. Z, this may have been asked and answered already, so I apologize if I missed it, but what is up with John B’s voice? There was some time last month when he was just posting reruns of the podcasts and no new ones. Now that he’s back he sounds like he has cotton in his mouth? Surgery maybe?
    He is still listenable and still the smartest show out there, but the change is noticeable.
    Hopefully it is temporary and nothing serious….. Thanks to both of you for great shows.

  • Steve Earle: John Batchelor needed to have an operation that involved his voice took him out of commission for about two weeks, and he presently recovering, nicely and ahead of schedule I might add.

  • Steve Earle

    Thanks Mr. Z for explaining. He does seem to be recovering quickly, his voice gets slightly better each day.

    Please tell him to take care of himself, can’t think of anyone else that has a show like his. He is irreplaceable on the Radio, just as you and your site are here on the interwebs. I point people to both as often as possible.

  • Margaret Hess

    Thank you Mr Zimmerman for explaining John Batchelor’s voice change. We have been worried about him and are so relieved that he is on the mend. Please convey the relief of his listeners

  • Tony Favero

    Mr Z. you are one of my most favorite guests Mr. B’s show. Stay well yourself!

  • Tony Favero: Thank you for the kind words. They are much appreciated.

  • ken

    I’m afraid that he doesn’t seem to be improving to me. I hope I’m wrong, but sometimes his mind seems not like before either. Please tell us more.

  • ken: All treatments should be completed in a couple of days, and we should then see a significant improvement in John’s health.

  • Joe C.

    John, hope you have a full recovery of all health problems. Love your show here in California.

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