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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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The world that works vs the world that doesn’t.

The world that works vs the world that doesn’t.

In Washington, penalties for failure are few: Has anyone been fired over the Obamacare launch debacle? Problems are always the fault of circumstances, or the Evil Opposition, or are simply swept under the rug. Of course, that means there’s not much learning from mistakes, and “more of the same, only we’ll try harder!” is a common response. As in The Hunger Games, life is always posh in Capital City; suffering is for the poor schlubs out in the provinces.

In the world that works, on the other hand, mistakes are painful: They cost people jobs, they cost investors money, they result in bad publicity that’s harder to explain away. Thus, people learn from them. Unsurprisingly, the world that works is where the money that Washington spends ultimately comes from.

The problem is that the bigger Washington gets, the less room is left for the world that works. As more and more of American life is taken over by the world of politics — in which wealth is not generated, but taken from one’s opponents and distributed to one’s supporters — a smaller share is left for the world that works.


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  • joe

    I can hear Rod Serling now, Imagine the twilight zone, an alternate universe, a place that knows no bounds, a place that has no comprehension of the destructive forces they are about to unleash on its citizens, we call it Washington D. C.

  • I’ve commented on this before. There don’t seem to be any consequences for failure to perform (or indeed, violation of the law) in government, while consequences in the private sector are often immediate and painful. This needs to change. How?

    My first suggestion would be to attach penalties to violation of government edicts; something that is severely lacking now. There are any number of laws governing behavior in government, but no penalties for non-compliance. Directives without enforcement are worse than useless, as they encourage lawless activity and undermine the system.

  • Chris Kirkendall

    Excellent article – I forwarded to several friends. The author makes some great points & I think this needs to be widely distributed. My favorite line was “One America can launch rockets. The other America can’t even launch a website.” – I had to literally LOL at that one ! !

  • R. Cotour

    What you are failing to realize is that the Congress and the Senate, as is the president, are before the law and are in many ways due to their positions not subject to “law” as are you or I.

  • Edward

    The essay makes reference to “The Hunger Games.” Strangely, when I first heard of that movie, I thought of the federal government and the way that it treats the rest of us while they live in luxury on their much better wages. I am not surprised that the analogy is making its way into popular culture. We are doing all the work but receive fewer and fewer benefits of that work. To misquote Marx: “from each according to his ability, to each according to his position in “the Party.”‘

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