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The podcast of my thirty minute appearance with Bill Bartholomew in Rhode Island is now available here. His description of our talk:

Bill Bartholomew welcomes Bob Zimmerman, the person behind the website Behind The Black for a conversation on all things space. How might the 2020 elections impact space exploration and technology? What are some of the key issues and projects the U.S. is involved in the space exploration and technology sectors?


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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.  
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  • Thanks, Bob. A pleasure. Look forward to another round.

  • Ted Ferragut

    I just listened to the podcast and was taken back a little bit on Ron going from independent reporter to advocate/marketer for privatization of the space program. Having worked a split career in both government and the private sector, including privatization efforts in transportation, anyone who picks one side over the other had a fundamental lack of knowledge of the depth of issues in true public-private partnerships. Sorry Ron. Stick to reporting facts.

  • Ted Ferragut: Sorry, but it is hard to take your criticism seriously when you can’t even get my name right.

  • Ted Ferragut

    Bob, I sincerely apologize for getting your name wrong. And I have no intent to embarrass you or myself. I am sincere about advocating vs reporting on privatization of space program. A great space program with a privatization component demands a robust and intelligent public sector to maintain effective leadership in space. I believe that Government needs skill and expertise for science exploration, military requirements, international treaties, public safety, and more.. I represented the private sector in transportation privatization and we succeeded where we had strong public sector skills and cooperation. All I am saying.

  • Ted Ferragut: Read my policy paper, Capitalism in Space. Or maybe one or two of my histories. I do not speak from ignorance. Nor do I completely dismiss the need for government. We are supposed to be a nation of laws and limited government. The laws require government to administer them. The government is also responsible for defending that nation. The citizenry, as individuals, are supposed to exercise their own “self-government” (to use Washington’s words) and not rely on that government to manage their own personal lives.

    The problem has and continues to be a government over-reaching its responsibility as described, and a public eager to let it.

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