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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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Jim Nabors – Impossible Dream

An evening pause: Performed in season four, 1967, of the Gomer Pyle television show, where Nabors played Gomer Pyle as a country bumpkin. When he sang this, however, he shocked not only his sergeant, he surprised the nation, since few knew he was such a polished singer.

The song is from my childhood, when Americans were all hopeful, confident, and knew their nation’s real history, based on liberty and freedom, a history that had strived consistently to achieve that for everyone.

Hat tip Tom Biggar.


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  • Remember watching that episode.

    Yeah, I’m old.

  • Mitch S.

    I’m old enough to remember Jim Nabors singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” before the start of each year’s Indy 500.
    I read he did it from 1972 – 2014.
    I remember when he came out as gay pundits wondered if the conservative race crowd would still welcome him. They welcomed him just as warmly as previous years.

  • Edward

    Robert wrote: “The song is from my childhood, when Americans were all hopeful, confident, and knew their nation’s real history, based on liberty and freedom, a history that had strived consistently to achieve that for everyone.

    As I recall, Private (First Class) Pyle, in that episode, was having a crisis of confidence singing this song in front of so many people in Washington DC. He was urged on by someone who reminded him of the bravery of those who founded the country, the ones in the statues and monuments all around him.

  • Jeff Wright

    He and Fannie Flagg were Alabama’s best.

  • Gary

    Jeff, I’d add Willie Mays and Hank Aaron to that list.

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