Cass Sunstein co-authored a 2008 book titled, “Nudge”, in which he promoted his theory of “Libertarian Paternalism”. It’s a theory that purportedly looks to a middle road between individual liberty and government paternalism. In other words, it abandons individual liberty and does so because we the people are not rational enough to be free.
A close confidant to the President, Sunstein is our former regulatory Czar who later became an NSA adviser. He is a constitutional lawyer who came out of the University of Chicago, the same University that has gone from conservative to far-left in a few decades. Things changed coincidentally almost around the time Bill Ayers started teaching there, right after he abandoned blowing up buildings as a career and moved on to blowing up minds.
Sunstein’s nudge theory is libertarian, allegedly, in that people keep their right to choose, but they will be nudged paternalistically by the people in power – the elite who are so much more rational than the non-elite.
He doesn’t see individual or government totalitarianism working so he wants this in-between approach.
He’s running a Pavlov experiment. He’s Pavlov and we’re the dogs.
The New York Times has portrayed Sunstein as a middle of the road social equalizer kind of guy who bounces between the libertarian and paternalistic holds on society to mete out a fair solution.
It doesn’t take much of a leap to say this is too close to propaganda from the arrogant social engineers.
The government needs to get out of our lives and let us make our bad choices – we learn from them as much as from the good choices.
Cass Sunstein, like Barack Obama, also wants to reverse the Constitution from a charter of negative liberties to positive liberties, which means government tells you what you’re allowed to do, not you telling the government. That could be a problem since one of the things he wants is to ban hunting.
He wants to protect people against their own propensity to error though planners won’t override personal choice. What gives him the right?
This nudge approach can be seen in all the Obamacare ads meant to convince us it’s great.
Salon.com reported that in 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government – and other leftist groups – employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-”independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups, social media, chat rooms, real-space groups, and websites which advocate views that Sunstein deems “false conspiracy theories” about the Government.
This “nudging” would be designed to increase citizens’ faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists.
Oh yeah, that’ll work. We will all suddenly trust the IRS for instance.
At the time, when conservatives balked, they were called conspiracy theorists. Since then, we found out it is actually happening.
Sharyl Attkisson reported in The Daily Signal last September that the FBI and other government agencies were spreading self-promoting propaganda disguised as a public service announcement. Obviously, they were using our tax dollars to do it. This could be considered a “nudge.”
An 80-page report released last July by the USDA was aimed specifically at nudging Food Stamp recipients but it will affect everyone, especially in the price of food. One of their ideas was the use of talking shopping carts and improved lighting in the healthy food sections of your grocery store. Nudges!
Sunstein was appointed by President Obama to the NSA panel to shape them up after their spying was disclosed. Obviously, Mr. Obama was not serious about shaping up the NSA if he appointed the great nudger.
Last June, the Secret Service was looking to buy software that detects sarcasm, particularly as they follow social media sites, not an easy request since sarcasm is hard to detect.
“It does appear that it’s going to be a pretty broad monitoring program. It will likely sweep in some First Amendment protected expression,” said Ginger McCall, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). “It is troubling, because it really stifles people’s ability to freely express themselves, and it has a tendency to quell dissent, to make people think twice before they express themselves online.”
They want the software to identify influential figures on social media, analyze data streams in real time and access old Twitter data.
The government has a real interest in infiltrating the Internet with propaganda as we know and one more tool like this won’t be good. We know for certain that our government is going onto websites and into blogs to manipulate people, spread false reports and defame those who disagree. It’s meant to “nudge” us into thinking appropriately.
EAG News reported last August that more than 1,000 Progressives are members of a group that conspires together to deliver news, opinion, analysis, education to the masses that is meant to “nudge” the public and shape opinion. They are affecting the means of communication throughout the United States. They are formulating opinion.
It is easy for a government to go from nudging to totalitarian laws. Once we give up our individual freedom and tolerate invasive and sneaky nudges, we’re on a path we won’t easily come back from. It’s a new morality and it abandons individual freedom no matter how dressed up it is by Cass Sunstein.
In the video, Sunstein refers to our Republic as a democracy.
During the Q & A on the video, the audience showed they weren’t concerned about the loss of individual liberty and that is concerning. They were interested in more restrictive laws to promote Progressive goals.