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Passover: Celebrating Freedom

An evening pause: For tonight, the second Passover Sedar, a short video explaining some of the philosophical underpinnings of Passover. Though decidedly from the reform (and liberal) side of the Jewish community, it still summarizes much of what Passover represents. On this holiday each person must imagine themselves a slave, so as to better appreciate what freedom represents.

The orthodox side of the Jewish community would add that this freedom comes from God, for which we must be ever thankful. The orthodox would also note that our freedom exists because of the arrival of the Torah, the Ten Commandments, and the rules for living a good life, handed down to at Mt. Sinai, after the exodus.

I say, be humble and try to do right, to the best of your ability, no matter what others demand (the Bible, even for someone who does not believe in God as the religions do, provides a good instruction manual). Do that, and you will certainly be free.


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Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!


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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  • James Street

    Beautiful thoughts on slavery and freedom. Thank you.

    In the 1990s I got my first computer and AOL dialup to connect to the internet, which back then was mostly just chat boards. I was a real space nerd when I was young and Compuserve had a space chat board which for the first time gave me access to people actually in the space community. I remember some of their names, Rand Simberg (Transterrestrial Musings), Mark Whittington, Robert Oler, Mark Ruckman. I can’t remember if you were there Bob.

    Occasionally they would discuss politics, philosophy, religion, economics, life. It’s amazing how much they influenced my thinking and I still recall some of those wonderful discussions and am thankful.

  • James Street: I don’t think I was there, but maybe. I did participate in a few chat boards on the old usernets, now abandoned, but not many. At the time I was focused mostly in making the switch from the film business to freelance science journalism and writing my first space histories.

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