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.


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.

On the radio tonight

For those who have nothing better to do with their time, I will be making another two hour appearance on Coast to Coast with George Noory tonight, beginning at 10 pm (Pacific).

I expect in the first hour we will talk about commercial space and the ongoing exploration of Mars. The second hour is usually reserved for questions from listeners.


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  • Alton

    Best waste of TIME ! ! !


  • Chris Lopes

    “The second hour is usually reserved for questions from listeners.”

    In other words, lots of questions about UFO’s.

  • t-dub

    Bob, I had been wondering when you would be back on Coast To Coast AM, I believe they had on Dr. Sky last night. I always appreciate hearing you on the radio, no matter the venue, so I will definitely be listening tonight.

  • Gary

    Thanks for letting us know in time for me to get a nap in so I can be up for the East Coast time zone. Really wish Noory would make that available as a podcast

  • Milt

    Coast to Coast has certainly has had its ups and downs, but at its best (borrowing Harry Harrison’s description of John W. Campbell’s editorials) is is — or at least it often is — “idiosyncratic, personal, prejudiced, far-reaching, annoying and sabotaging.” Going back to its early days with Art Bell, it became a shot across the bow of everything that the comfortable, self-satisfied establishment holds to be “true,” and it can still serve up a well-seasoned portion of barbecued sacred cow. Unlike most of the rest of today’s presstitute media, however, more establishment writers and researchers are also invited to have their say here, and — bless you George Noory! — they are unfailingly treated with courtesy and respect. Where else does *that* happen on the radio in 2021?

    As guest host Richard Syrett might say, put your cloak on a peg and pull up a chair with Robert tonight; you’re among friends.

  • Jeff Wright

    Listening right now at work on one of my jobs.

  • J Guthrie

    Good show. Nice break from the usual Pleadian Ambassador types.

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