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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.


Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

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  • Mark

    Bob, I just realized I have a scheduling conflict so won’t be able to listen to the live broadcast of the Space Show tonight. But I’ll catch it when the recording is available.

    If possible could you spend a few minutes on the Space Tech capabilities of countries, other than the US, who make up the Artemis Accords?

    FYI below I listed the Artemis Accord countries in order from high to low in regards to their present Space Tech capabilities:
    * Japan
    * Republic of Korea
    * United Kingdom
    * Italy
    * Canada
    * Ukraine
    * New Zealand
    * Australia
    * UAE
    * Brazil
    * Luxembourg

    Lastly how significant would it be if India joined the Artemis Accords next?

  • Mark

    Here are a few Space Show episodes I can recommend: from the past year.
    You can access at

    October 5
    DR. ROBERT ZUBRIN discussed the Mars Society Conference and more.

    July 6
    AARON BATEMAN discussed a different perspective on national security space.

    June 1
    DR. MARTIN ELVIS discussed his new book, “Asteroids: How Love, Fear, and Greed will determine our Future in Space.”

  • JhonB

    Mark, I just noticed the broadcast became available in the past hour or two on the Space Show’s web page

  • Mark

    Thx JhonB, I just bookmarked this episode 3776. I was able to catch about 20 minutes and was able to email in my question as well as a follow-up. Will listen to full episode this week.

  • wayne

    [3:02pm} Thanks for that update.
    (I was just [caught] comment-skimming, so sorry for the repeat notice.)

    Just started listening to the show, and will keep my ears open for your questions.

    Totally tangential, I’ll throw this in here. (that’s sorta what-I-do…)

    Lex Fridman Podcast Number 234
    (October 26, 2021)
    Guest: Stephen Wolfram, “Complexity and the Fabric of Reality”
    [ as Cotour might say [with all due respect]… “ultra high-IQ nerds.”]

  • Mark

    Wayne – I was up early and have listened to Bob on The Space Show episode 3776.

    Bob addressed my emailed question at around the 45 minute mark, and provided an excellent overview regarding recent Space Tech developments of countries in the Artemis Accords.

  • BtB’s Original Mark

    Wayne (with side note to Bob):

    Thanks for the hat tip on the Lex Fridman Podcasts – I’ve added that to my podcast app and will listen to Wolfram and others. FYI since this morning I saw that another person is also commenting as Mark, I am changing my moniker to ‘BtB’s Original Mark’ (sort of like the original pancake syrup).

    And just my personal impressions here – I have to say you have a good gig here at BtB being the go to guy for adding culturally relevant links and other insightful tangential observations and musings. And that of course is buttressed by Bob’s very commendable commitment to an open forum. My side note to Bob here is that I don’t intend to be irritating or (paraphrasing here now) to ‘throw out a multitude of questions and demand answers’. I just consider myself to be an engaged member of the BtB community, and whether commenting on Space, Geopolitics, History, Communist China, contemporary American society, or just writing out my sometimes lame cultural references or sophomoric parody, I try to be guided by the historian Cushing Strout who observed that ‘Writing history is a perpetual exercise in judgment”.

  • BtB’s Original Mark: Your comments are absolutely most welcome. However, it begins to become impolite if you constantly demand others to answer your questions, especially if you repeat those demands more than once. Doesn’t foster good will.

    And that was written entirely with good will in mind. :)

  • wayne

    Original Mark–
    –didn’t realize we had 2 Mark’s.
    You’re too kind. We do have some great link-poster’s here. I generally try to be relevant, but sometimes being amusing is enough. (hopefully)

    Jordan Peterson / Akira

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