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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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October 19, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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To listen to all of John Batchelor’s podcasts, well worth your time, go here.


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  • Sam

    Just a tiny correction – Monaco (home to the late Prince Rainier and his wife Grace Kelly and Monte Carlo gambling) is located between Italy and France on the French Riviera – certainly not Africa (Morocco maybe?)

  • Sam: Gosh, you are right! I was confusing Monaco with Morocco. Duh. Unfortunately, I can’t fix the podcast. That’s set in stone.

    Thank you regardless.

  • Mark

    Regarding Bob’s discussion with John Batchelor on the Chinese Hypersonic story, Bob expresses his skepticism to a large radio audience.

    Upon further review of sources outside of Behind the Black, I am now in agreement with Bob that this Hypersonic Flight story was a deep fake from the deep state with an assist from British intelligence who have a reputation for their literary creativity.

    Bob comments to Batchelor that the reason behind the story is probably that the military is trying to get more funding. While it’s true that there are other occasions in the past where the military has used ‘stories’ to lobby for more funding, in this Hypersonic story that is not what is happening behind the scenes and Bob is wrong to promote that theory.

    The US military has a phenomenal amount of funding, and more importantly Classified military spending accounts for more than 10 percent of the overall defense budget, and I’ll let you figure out the implications of that fact.

    Bob is missing the much bigger picture which is that after decades long government pronouncements embracing the ‘Peaceful Rise of China’, we now have to turn that very large ship around. The US intelligence services know the full story behind the Wuhan Lab leak and China’s actions to use that as part of their undeclared war on the United States. But the US cannot tell the world this story in full because Dr. Fauci abetted the creation of COVID 19 with his funding of the gain of function research. So the US Government together with our allies now have to push stories to play up the threat from China. The ‘facts’ behind some of these may be spot on while others will be murky.

    As a good journalist Mr. Z is following the facts of the Hypersonic Story.
    But let’s not miss the bigger story. We are at war and the American public has to be prepared for that. A Gray Zone War is still War, and Propaganda is one of the unsavory tools used. I know that Behind the Black is focused on Space, but don’t forget China is planning for War in Space just as they planned for Biological War (although they probably started that one accidentally). So i ask my fellow Space enthusiasts to put in some effort to understand our enemy’s aims in Space. The link below has the 116 page report on the Chinese Space Program from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

    Link to the report:

    I don’t expect anyone to read the whole thing, but it would only take a few minutes to peruse the Table of Contents, and read over the Key Findings and Conclusions.
    We need to be prepared, and we need to help our fellow Americans understand that China is a ‘Present Danger’.

  • wayne

    Tony Stark Monaco Race Scene

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