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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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Ivashka and Baba-Yaga

A evening pause: An entertaining animated cartoon from Soviet Russia, 1938. It subconsciously reveals much about Russia’s rough society of that time between the world wars. Even in the 1930s Russia was still largely an illiterate peasant culture, less than three generations since the freeing of the serfs and now ruled by Stalin and the communists with an iron hand.

Hat tip Jim Mallamace.


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  • Steve Richter

    I get the sense that the national character of the Russian people was dramatically changed by the killings of WW II and then Stalin. That is, entire genetic traits , personality types were eliminated.

  • wayne

    minor quibble– Lenin, Stalin, then WW-2.

    When Victimhood Leads to Genocide
    Prof. Jordan Peterson on Dekulakization
    (excerpt from Maps of Meaning)

  • Jay

    Pretty tame by Soviet standards. I thought the kid would of told the local commissar about Baba Yaga’s counter- revolutionary activities. I can see Baba Yaga being arrested by the NKVD, her house burned down and she is beaten to sign the confession of her crimes against the state. Denounced for her bourgeois lifestyle and exploiting the proletariat (the blacksmith) during her court proceedings, she is sentenced to 25 years of hard labor in Siberia or shot.
    Ivashka joins the Kosomol, fights in the “Great Patriotic War”, and later becomes a manager at a shoe factory since he never had shoes growing up.

  • Milt

    At another level, this venerable Russian folktale might serve as a parable of our situation in the United States today. Baba-Yaga is, of course, a stand-in for Kamala Harris, the Crow is Sleepy Joe Biden, and Ivashka represents the good-hearted, if sometimes too trusting American electorate. (The obliging blacksmith would seem to be George Soros, lol.)

    As the tale unfolds, Ivashka is lured by Baba-Kamal’s siren song of “free stuff,” and only his quick wits (as he foils the dim-witted Crow) and the intervention of the friendly geese (a nod to Donald Trump and his supporters?) save the day.

    May we be so fortunate in November!

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