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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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Syria wants its own space program

The new colonial movement: The head of Syria’s ministry of communications and technology said during a visit to that country’s satellite remote sensing facility that their nation should organize a space program, beginning with the construction of an entirely home-built satellite.

I’m not sure how much of this will be possible considering how badly ripped apart Syria presently is because of its civil war. To me, it looks more like a some somewhat ignorant brasshat, while visiting a space facility, sounding off with what he would like done.


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  • Lee S

    “I’m not sure how much of this will be possible considering how badly ripped apart Syria presently is”….
    I am not so sure…. Large swathes of Syria are back under government control, including the industrial areas.
    Rember ( and this is going to be controversial on this site!) Syria was one of the most westernised countries in the middle East until the west backed revolution.
    Assad remains the official leader… And let’s all hope it stays that way… Under his rule their is freedom of religion, education and health care… Very unlike.the mongrel mix of rebels who have taken control of much of the middle East after the Arab Spring ( which was much funded by us in the west…)
    Remember also that the Syrian government and Russia are good allies… So it wouldn’t surprise me to see cross-pollination from Russia to Syria, and a Syrian space program would do much to re-establish the Assad presidency as a legitimate government of that troubled land.

  • John L

    Yeah, sure, sure they do. They want suborbital rockets that can “land” “payloads” in other nation’s cities. Save your money and just use Iran’s.

  • wayne

    John L–
    Good stuff.
    Nail, on the head.

    The future of Assad and all the Ayatollahs….
    Nicolae & Elena Ceausescu Execution

  • wodun

    Anyone can build a cubesat.

    I can see Syria or any other country soon having a space program as the emphasis shifts from pride in domestic launch services to pride in what is actually done in space. Closing a business case or pursuing some other motivation is not only cheaper but easier to solve than the rocket equation.

  • Lee S

    Guys…. I know the middle East all seems the same to you guys over the pond…. But you should realize Syria is a secular state, while Iran is an Islamic republic….
    There is a HUGE difference when it comes to international terrorism and the ( very real ) threat from Islam!

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