Interview: Conscious Choice – The origins of slavery in America…

Robert Zimmerman

Pratt on Texas interview (7/20/2021) with author Robert Zimmerman about his important, ground-breaking book which details the origins of slavery in America – and it is not likely what you think.
Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all ebook vendors. Or you can purchase it directly from Zimmerman’s ebook publisher here.

 

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. The book shows that slavery was never inevitable, and that the different response to the lure of slavery between the southern and northern colonies in America demonstrated this fact. While the evil of slavery grew and prospered in the south, in the north it was soundly rejected. Instead, the northern British colonies established free societies, so free that their descendants inevitably rose up to fight a war to end slavery in the south.

These are the same conflicts at the heart of today’s current events. Individual freedom, limited government, and personal responsibility are being constantly challenged by the modern cultural focus on power, race, identity politics, and a blind dependence on centralized government. By showing the contrast between those failed southern colonies and the rest of America, Conscious Choice will give modern Americans the historical background of their country that they need in order to make the right choices for the future.

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. As he writes in his conclusion,

As an American who has inherited the framework of Judeo-Christian-British culture, however, it is that culture that I know best. And as a historian who has looked at where this culture has both succeeded and failed, as illustrated by this very history you hold in your hand, I have come to the conclusion that this framework, when instituted correctly, works superbly as a foundation for future human colonies in space. …

So, to the future settlers of worlds beyond, I say: Build your future civilizations with families, aimed at raising children. Provide your citizens the right to private property while favoring at the beginning relatively small holdings. Encourage individual responsibility, liberty of conscience, and freedom. And above all, infuse your colonies with moral commitment, the insistence that truth, justice, and the protection of individual human rights are essential components of any new social order.

If you do these things, you will build well, and your descendants will thank you.

Or to paraphrase John Winthrop, you will become a city upon a hill, a byword throughout the universe.

The future is determined by actions taken in the present. We now need to make the right choices so that endless generations on worlds without end can have the same good life that our ancestors gave us.

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all ebook vendors. Or you can purchase it directly from Zimmerman’s ebook publisher here.

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