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.

 

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The Declaration of Independence

Link here. I think today it is worthwhile to read the whole thing, even though it is the first sentence in the paragraph below that is most often quoted. The following sentences are just as important, though less frequently quoted.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

All governments tend toward oppression. Power-hungry individuals always act to use the power government wields for their own corrupt purposes. Thus, Jefferson was correct above when he said that, when those abuses become bad enough, it is the right of the citizen “to throw off such government.”

We sadly might be approaching a time in the U.S. where such action will once again be necessary.

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6 comments

  • Orion314

    This idea that the bad guys with money and power/influence all the way to the top of corp/government are just going to let us put the handcuffs on them , and duck walk them to gitmo, is really whistling past the graveyard.
    Happy 4th of July to all patriots.

  • Mike Borgelt

    Happy Independence Day, USA. A beacon of freedom for the world. From an Australian whose government is free to oppress us because we do not have a Constitution that limits its powers.

  • Jwing

    Article V Convention of States…the founders thought of all possible contingencies. It’s up to us to act just as they acted over two centuries ago. Nothing really changes.

  • Ian Clark

    Happy 4th of July from Berlin.

  • commodude

    It’s not just the tyrants, it’s the enablers. Every time someone utters the dread phrase “there outta be a law to stop……” they play into the hands of the tyrants. Sometimes it’s with legitimate good intentions, other times it’s just the ever-present need to be in control of something or someone else when they have no power personally. Picture, for instance, your average HOA president……

  • Max

    From the above article;

    “All governments tend toward oppression. Power-hungry individuals always act to use the power government wields for their own corrupt purposes”.

    Since all our rights come from our Creator, and cannot be bent or shaped (unalienable) does this mean that all those who would change/ alter /remove our rights have a God complex?

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