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 perspective of one man

The perspective of one man running for President:

[W]hat exactly accounts for prosperity if not culture? In the case of the United States, it is a particular kind of culture that has made us the greatest economic power in the history of the earth. Many significant features come to mind: our work ethic, our appreciation for education, our willingness to take risks, our commitment to honor and oath, our family orientation, our devotion to a purpose greater than ourselves, our patriotism. But one feature of our culture that propels the American economy stands out above all others: freedom. The American economy is fueled by freedom. Free people and their free enterprises are what drive our economic vitality. [emphasis mine]

Sounds good to me, though we should all reserve the right to remain skeptical of anything a politician says. It is what they do that matters. Nonetheless, that Romney is making freedom a central part of his platform is further proof that he recognizes the trends and, like any politician, wants to be on the cusp of that wave. Or to once again repeat the words of Milton Friedman, “The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing.”

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One comment

  • JGL

    I have spent my time commenting here and in other places attempting to reveal what I believe to be anti American and anti Constitutional

    behavior in our government , I see it on both sides of the aisle but primarily in the current White House.

    I have not spoken or wrote about Mr. Romney, I figured that I will deal with him on the same subjects after he hopefully attains the

    presidencey.

    The letter he wrote is a simple and concise communication by what appears to be an American, speaking plainly in American terms about

    American values and goals.

    Heres a shock, I LIKE IT!

    I have in general pointed out my boiled down definition of what the Constitution is:

    The Constitution is the counter balance to the nature of man.

    What is the nature of man?

    The nature of man is to abuse power.

    That is an absolute statement, the nature of man will not be changing any time soon.

    Yes, the Constitution is a framework of governance, it provides within it the mechanisims and rules of running government, but the

    American Constitution is structured in a particular way which recognises and enshrines individual citizens naturally born rights, rights not

    bestowed on them by government but but their creator.

    Now you can believe in a supierior being or not, that is besides the point, the point here is that the founders recognized a creator

    (not a religion) and formulated a governmental document that gave the individual primacy over their existence, and government, any

    government, by its nature as a creation of man was secondary and was a neccessary evil.

    Keeping this letter from Mr, Romney in mind I look forward with optimisim to the installation of our next president, but I will always keep in the

    front of my mind the filter through which everything passes, my understanding of, the nature of man.

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