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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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Sarah Connolly & the BBC Orchestra – Rule Britannia

An evening pause: I like this verse, which they reprised, with the chorus, which all people should echo.

When Britain first, at Heaven’s command
Arose from out the azure main;
This was the charter of the land,
And guardian angels sang this strain:

“Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
“Britons never will be slaves.”

Hat tip Jim Mallamace.

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8 comments

  • Robert Pratt

    A great lyric it is and long among my favorites.

  • Jake V

    That was really well done.

    In listening to refrain:

    “Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
    “Britons never never shall be slaves.”

    I keep wondering why on earth the United Kingdom ever chose to give up it’s sovereignty and become essentially slaves to Brussels.

  • wayne

    Jake V–
    highly suggest a lecture–
    “Britain in the 20th Century: Attempts to Construct a Socialist Commonwealth 1945-1951”

    https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/britain-in-the-20th-century-the-attempt-to-construct-a-socialist-commonwealth

  • LocalFluff

    I’m surprised to read Americans appreciating this. Maybe the revolutionary spirit has abated and today your rightfully born Queen, at the grace of God, can claim her little cotton colony back from the rebels without too much resistance? The rejoined colony could be named “Greater Bahamas”.

  • LocalFluff

    Queen Elisabeth II was born only 50 years after the US civil war. She’s 91 in two weeks. US history is so very brief.

  • wayne

    Neil Young
    “God Save the Queen”/”America” medley
    https://youtu.be/y-nPsrX05Rk?t=150
    (4:11)

  • LocalFluff

    wayne,
    The arch bishop kisses the queen?
    That’s out of outrageous!

    The insane rituals of European monarchs:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inKSvLk7kiI

    Imagine the mental illness required to dress up like that and act like that.
    “- Here’s a gold broderied tent and a silly gigantic metal hat that you are supposed to wear. And a couple of sticks for you to hold on to while you sit in your ridiculous chair-like piece of furniture.
    – Yeah, sure fat chance, liksom!”

    That’s why the republic was invented. Electing kings instead of just having them inbreed their strange rituals. It might not always turn out very well, but it is always better than this!

  • wayne

    LocalFluff–
    “Mentally Ill, as the day is long.”

    Game of Thrones – The Hound (Chicken Scene)
    https://youtu.be/KtCsmSMRiC0
    (1:31)

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