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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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“SJW zealots proved their commitment to tolerance, openness and variety by vowing not to read a work found on [an opposing] slate under any circumstances.”

The story describes the battle this year in the science fiction field between Social Justice Warriors (SJW) — leftwing ideologues who want to limit the books that win the Hugo Awards to only those that support leftwing identity politics — and a slate of science fiction authors who oppose this intolerant attitude and wanted to get the Hugos opened up to a wider range of ideas.

This quote sums up the attitudes of the left quite nicely:

The facts of this case are the same as in gaming and in every other industry that social justice warriors touch. They do not care about art forms. They do not care about science fiction. They do not even particularly care about talent. They care about enriching and ennobling themselves and their friends, and pushing a twisted, discredited, divisive brand of authoritarian politics.

In politics, in the environment, in science, and in any number of other important fields in today’s society, the left really has no interest in achieving its stated goals. (Just read this one report about the EPA’s mine disaster in Colorado, for example.) Instead, the goal is power, and control, and gaining the ability to dictate how others shall live their lives — even if it destroys everything else in the process.

When Americans finally understand this, they might finally choose to throw these thugs out of power. Until then, however, expect them to continue their scorched Earth policy of destroying innocent people, because they can.


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  • pzatchok

    Oh I noticed a change in SF writing between the old and the new.

    The increase of female writers. Writing female centrist novels.

    The massive increase of homosexual characters.

    The HUGE lack of religion in SF stories. After 4 or 5 thousand years of religion do you really think mankind will just give it all up when he steps out to the stars? I don’t, and can see no reason they should.

    The huge increase of the new eco philosophy’s being pushed in books with no real scientific basis to support anything like it.

    The constant industry is bad philosophy all the time forgetting everything industry brings us. Including cheap spaceflight.

    Why are we always leaving the Earth because the environment has been destroyed by mankind or overpopulation?
    Why couldn’t it be because of religious persecution, or just simply to expand man kinds foot print? Or even for the scary reason of corporate profit.

    The lefties are not the ones who will be going to space.
    They are not the risk taking, profit hunting, freedom loving folks who will clamor for a new planet to live on and make their own.

    I quit using the HUGO awards as a reason to buy a book years ago.

  • wodun

    The hysteria over this has been rather depressing. The sadpuppies people said they didn’t like the award going to people based on politics and wanted good writing to be the standard regardless of the author’s skin color or political identity. While keeping this in mind, they were still able to nominate a slate of ethnically and ideologically diverse works.

    In response, the SJW’s said they were all racists and hate women. The SJW never bothered to even attempt to understand what the sadpuppy people were saying. Instead, they just hurled accusations of racism like leftists do about everything else.

    In the end, the SJW just proved the point of the sadpuppies, that Hugo voters were putting ideology in front of art.

    Also, this new captcha system sucks. Its like playing where’s waldo for 10 minutes just to post a comment.

  • “Also, this new captcha system sucks. Its like playing where’s waldo for 10 minutes just to post a comment.”

    Can you tell me what has changed, and what the problem is?

  • hondo

    The Hugo piece is nice – not covered outside that niche community. The SJWs are everywhere! The amazing thing is most are actually science-illiterate, and proud of it.

  • I scored a minor victory getting a textbook author to take out an overly political comment, but a lot of SJ stuff remained.

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