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.


Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

ULA reduces workforce at Vandenberg

Capitalism in space: In an effort to save costs ULA is reducing its workforce at Vandenberg by 48.

The company has been aggressively trying to streamline its operations to better compete against SpaceX. This reduction was expected, and based upon what I saw when I toured Vandenberg a few years ago, entirely justified. While SpaceX’s operations then looked lean and simple, ULA’s set up appeared a bit inefficient.


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  • LocalFluff

    Concerning Capitalism In Space, I saw you’ve got “mail” yesterday with an op-ed in Space News by Scott Pace who is some guy with a title larger than a visit card. He’s critical, very selectively critical. Remarkably strange claims are being made about economics. That demand for space flight won’t increase until launch costs come under $400 per kilogram, for example. Among standard claims that you made unspecified factual errors and did not realize that SLS/Orion compensates its cost by being safer than any commercial alternative (when you see someone eating his hat, it’s because they made such claims).

    That article is like a decapitated hen running around, just a bit more agitated than the same creature was before it lost its cranial appendix. Hundreds of readers’ comments overwhelmingly seem to disagree with Mr. Pace.

  • wayne


    Good stuff.
    — Mr. (they hate it when one doesn’t use their appointed Title!) Pace hasn’t held a real job, in his entire life. He’s one of those Expert-Mastermind’s who knows everything about the Theory of Space and how everyone else should be forced to do it.

    -The Usual Gang of Crony Suspects:

  • LocalFluff

    Mr. Pace’s title doesn’t say much. He’s a director of an institute at a school of a university, dealing with international affairs (which doesn’t sound relevant to his topic). No academic title, but he’s employed by those who have such. I think that this topic is better understood by people working in the space industry than by any academics or their administrative staff.

  • Tom Billings

    “I think that this topic is better understood by people working in the space industry than by any academics or their administrative staff.”

    That, sir, is the basest form of heresy against the never-to-be-questioned right of academia to be an ever-expanding guide for all society. It reasons as though academicians are not unbiased and above us mortal creatures. Here in the Portland metro area that would get street riots as a reply!

    Oh Well, ….

  • LocalFluff

    One of the reasons why I love, and trust, astronomy, is that it isn’t corrupt, like economics is, which I unfortunately have wasted a couple of university courses at. An astronomer could make anything up, what ordinary person could check it? And some UFO people do make anything up, but they are easy to distinguish. So astronomers make absurd claims and refer to quagmire math, which even if you sift through it and nod that you couldn’t find any errors there, still doesn’t tell you much about anything. But they have this water proof alibi:
    You couldn’t make it up!
    Today’s cosmology is waaay too weird to be a fantasy, it’s beyond the capability of any human mind to make this up, it has to have been discovered.

  • Alex

    Look at the list of sponsoring partners that says all.

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