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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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Where I was this past weekend

Bob Zimmerman underground

Several readers have asked in the comments for a report on what I did this past weekend.

I went caving. The photo to the right, taken on a previous trip several years ago, will give you an idea. The cave is amazingly beautiful. The trip was to designed to give a bunch of people a chance to see it.

I won’t say much more than this, mostly because it is unwise to reveal too much about the caves one visits because this then attracts people to them who are often either inexperienced (and thus a risk to themselves) or untrustworthy in terms of protecting the cave’s beauty. I am totally willing and open to bring anyone who wants to go to the caves I visit, but a newbie should go the first time with someone experienced, for the reasons already outlined.


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  • LocalFluff

    Looks like a rubble pile. Gently moving away from it, would be my reaction.

  • LocalFluff: Nope, quite wrong. Those crystals are quite solidly placed.

  • Robert Elfers

    Looks awesome.
    I’d love to take you up on that, but I don’t get out west very often. Plus, it has been 20 years and 50 pounds ago.
    Our group mostly looked into wild caves in KY and TN. They were typically quite wet, and care needed to be taken.
    Amateurs with carbide lamps. Got some great photos, though.

  • wayne

    here you go..

    “Zimmerman Finds Promising Future Ground…..”
    Gold Rush season 10 snippet

  • wayne

    “Sampling the rubble-pile, and backing away slowly….”

  • pzatchok

    I have only been through a few tourist caverns, Cascade Caverns, Natural Bridge Caverns, and Carlsbad Caverns. Plus two private caves close by with a local geologist and spelunker.

    The local caves had some indigenous artifacts in them. We left those alone.

  • George

    As claustrophobic as I am, I love spelunking (as a firefighter, we trained in the “entanglement box,” in full turnout gear with a blacked-out faceshield, and that gives me the shakes thinking about it.) That photo reminds me of a cave I visited as a kid outside Las Vegas, since filled in with concrete, “for safety,” last I heard. Your article on carbide lamps also brought a smile to my face, as I recall difficulty with using those. A dream would be to visit the Giant Crystal Cave one day.

  • I must point out that experienced cavers do NOT use the term “spelunkers.” For us, a spelunker is someone a caver rescues. :)

  • pzatchok

    Sorry but I am no place close to a pro caver.

  • clay

    Looks like your standing inside a geode.

  • clay: You are literally correct. Many sections of this particular cave formed as very large geodes which were later broken into when the cave around them formed.

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