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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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Melanie – Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma

An evening pause: Performed live, 1971. Nice song and performance, but I often wonder why the 60s generation so often seems so unhappy. We were the most blessed generation ever born on Earth, with more wealth and prosperity ever seen by anyone ever.

Hat tip Tom Biggar.


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  • wayne

    Jefferson Airplane –
    “We Can Be Together”

    “All your private property is target for your enemy.
    And your enemy is we.
    We are forces of chaos and anarchy.
    Everything they say we are, we are,
    And we are very,
    Proud of ourselves.”

  • pzatchok

    An embarrassment of riches.

    Why should America have so much when the rest of the world has so little?
    Why is America relatively peaceful when the rest of the world is falling apart?

  • wayne

    “Wild In The Streets” Trailer

  • Tom

    ” An embarrassment of riches. Why should America have so much when the rest of the world has so little? Why is America relatively peaceful when the rest of the world is falling apart? ”

    Its that darned Freedom thing again, pzatchok.

    Just a few days ago, Bob posted a most excellent recap about the most recent impact of Freedom on our space access services. But, unfortunately, Freedom is like the Jitter Bug; when you get it, you dance all night long. But, when you don’t get it, you find yourself way out on the margins of the music hall watching the dancers. Get it?

  • Ben

    Could it be, dare i say, that they were unhappy because their friends were be slaughtered half a world away in a war that they couldn’t understand? Could it be that their unhappiness stems from the inequity of the draft where being in college granted one a deferment? Must I go on?

  • Ben: Sure, go on. Just remember that I am of that generation, and lived through all that. And I have found that the complaints and whines of my generation pale in comparison to the terrors and poverty and cruelty and oppression and bigotry and slavery and torture and genocide visited upon numerous previous generations. And that’s simply ignoring the blessings of freedom and wealth and prosperity and good living that was totally normal for the sixties generation.

    We had it good. There were issues to fight over, but to think we had any problems of great seriousness compared to others is to live in a dream world. Which the sixties generation did, and still does.

  • pzatchok

    We lost over 51 thousand in 3 days of fighting at Gettysburg in the Civil War. Total for the war 620 thousand
    WW1 over 116,500 USA KIA. Including world wide including civilians , 23 million.
    WW2 over 407 thousand US KIA. total deaths world wide including civilians 70 million.

    Vietnam American KIA was a bit over 58 thousand.
    Not really even comparable. In fact we lost very little in any war except the Civil War compared to the rest of the world.

    They were not just unhappy about Vietnam but about everything.
    It all boils down to self guilt and self hate for being American. For having anything and everything.

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