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.


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John Williams – Raider’s March

An evening pause: From one of the best films ever made, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). As I wrote about it at the time for a comic book fan group, it recognizes that there is good and evil, and that there is something in the universe that casts judgement on each. Such concepts had and continue to be largely rejected by modern intellectualism, at our peril.

Hat tip Edward Thelen.


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  • wayne

    Raiders, is an excellent movie. -First-date with my future wife, and at her preference.

  • Andrew

    I think our modern intellectualism is not that powerful. All of these films, Star Wars, Raiders, Even Pirates of The Caribbean, all of them play against that very backdrop! All of these films make millions of dollars! Why? Because right in our guts, we resonate to these underlying truths. We all know, at a very deep level, that there are good guys and bad guys and we all KNOW that the Good Guys ALWAYS face stiff odds. And we like it that way. Because we love our heros. No Evil? No Heros. Those films flop, because most people don’t resonate to that.

  • Steve Earle

    If you love ROTLA, as I do, then don’t watch this episode of the Big Bang Theory:

    “The Raiders Minimization”

  • Frank

    The tone of the horns is splendid in this version.

  • eddie willers

    I, too, was (am) enamored with Raiders. I couldn’t find fault with any aspect of the film.

    That brings me to the most disappointment I ever had in a movie, and that was the followup. When I heard there would be a second Indiana Jones movie and that it was going to be a prequel I was ecstatic. That meant that Belloq and the nasty “I know you will” Nazi could return! We might get the story of Indy and Marion and Professor Ravenwood. The possibilities were endless.

    Instead, we got a screaming mess of a Goonies movie that had absolutely no reason to even be placed “in the past”. Leaden and unfun.

    I’m thinking the difference was Lawrence Kasdan.

  • wayne

    Yes– the follow up movies went in an entirely different direction, in my opinion. . They sorta degraded into a caricature of themselves, and not in a way I found appealing.

    (I do however enjoy the “Back to the Future” franchise, possibly because they made II & III at the same time, and I’m a sucker for time-travel tales.)
    (I am waiting for “them” to completely ruin Star Trek.)

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