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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October 15, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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  • Mark

    From this past week, here is a sampling of Batchelor episodes I can recommend:

    Josh Rogin on the Iran Deal

    Captain Jerry Hendrix discussing Taiwan

    Dan Henninger on the unreality of Washingtonian Politics

    Khazar Ibrahim, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the US,

    The economist Simon Constable on UK food & fuel shortages and empty shelves

    Mary Anastasia O’Grady on Cuban baseball & MLB

  • Jay

    I listen to show on my way home from work, besides the obvious space news which brought me here to this site, John’s show is the only U.S. radio show that talks about international issues like Taiwan and the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
    It is a great show.

  • Shallow Minded Reader

    Mark, Jay
    I removed Batchelor from my podcast list. Just too many shows and repeats that I wasn’t interested in. On weekends he would release a dozen or so book interviews. I found I was only listening to Bob, and Hotel Mars. Dr. Livingston has Hotel Mars in his podcast feed and of course, Bob posts here.

    Also, Batchelor is a RINO deep stater, not much coverage if any of the big election steel.

  • Gary


    To each his own. John Batchelor is a treasure to me. He introduced me to Bob, David Livingston, Michael Yon, Gordon Chang, Michael Vlahos, several books on world history – (Roman, British, WW1 and 2), in depth discussion of Asia and the Middle East you don’t get anywhere else and on and on. He has numerous guests. who’ve worked on debunking Russiagate, defended Michael Flynn and didn’t waver in support of Trump. He does make an effort to talk to all sides, which can be a little discomfiting, but if I find a guest egregious (Dr. Henry Miller, John Bolton), I just don’t download. And, lately, he’s been hosting more of the AGW guests. I’m thinking some of this is because he had to go to CBS to get his program distributed after whatever happened with the radio station in NYC. To me, it’s still worth. sorting through it to get the info I find interesting in valuable.

  • Mark

    Gary – I appreciate your excellent review of the value of John Batchelor who has been a radio interviewer and broadcaster for many years. His shows have broad appeal and that’s a lost art in today’s niche podcasting and internet video world.
    Also – I recommend using the link that Bob now provides in his Zimmerman/Batchelor posts (To listen to all of John Batchelor’s podcasts, go…). That takes you to Batchelor’s Audioboom site which is nicely laid out and where I find it easy to find the episodes I’m interested in.

  • Lee Stevenson

    I just can’t keep silent here…. @ Gary, your comment quote “He does make an effort to talk to all sides, which can be a little discomfiting”.

    If you only listen to those who agree with you, you will never get the chance to see anything from a different angle, and thus end up living in an echo chamber.

    I try and not post here these days…. I’m bored of arguing, and have little time at the moment, but I read, and try and take on board what I read, even though I venomously disagree with the politics of most here, there are actually many points we agree on. I would never know this if I only read left wing news.

    I also occasionally take in RT, And Al Jazeera. Again, generally nothing I politicaly agree with, but I think it’s important to get an idea of what and why the folks you disagree with believe what they do.

    It’s ok to be discomforted…it’s actually healthy to have your beliefs challenged, this is what the current “snowflake,” generation don’t understand. Don’t make the same mistake, coming from the other direction!

  • Gary

    Lee, since you addressed me, I shall respond.

    First, I didn’t say I didn’t listen to those with whom I disagree. I frequently listen to Batchelor callers who don’t share my views. I’ve only culled a few who are so consistently out of touch with reality (my judgment) that I consider it a wast of my time. John produces 3 hours of content a day, so I make the judgement on what I pick.

    Second, I notice that, after your grand and dramatic exit, you have returned. Seems sort of like the old James Brown routine where he would limp off stage mid act and wait for the crowd, inevitably returning as he knew he would before leaving.

  • Gary


    It was wrong and petty of me to take that last shot at you. I should either not answered at all or left it at the part 1 response. Please forgive my offense against you.

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