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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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  • Dick Eagleson

    Found most of what you had to say pretty much in accord with my own notions. I was a bit surprised at your comments about XCOR. Do you have anything other than gut feel to go on with respect to your dim view of Chez Greason? Of all the NewSpace “garage shops” out there, XCOR has always struck me as being fairly credible in that they’ve managed to remain a going concern for quite awhile, have actually grown revenue and headcount while resisting the doubtless occasionally very real urge to bite off more than can be chewed, and have done a notably better job of managing expectations and not over-promising than certain flamboyant British billionaires I could name.

    I will also confess to being more than a mite flabbergasted at your apparent ignorance of the fact that Vandenberg AFB has been anything but the ghost town you evidently imagined it to be for the past several decades. Really? You do your general credibility no favors when you put howlers like that out in the world.

  • In connection with Vandenberg, I never claim to know everything. In fact, I quite admit that the more I learn, the less I really know.

    As for XCOR, I have many reasons to remain skeptical, too complex to go into here. Moreover, I generally think that my skepticism here is useless. Better to wish them well and hope they succeed. Thus, I generally follow the policy with XCOR that if I have nothing good to say, I say nothing at all.

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