In what should chill the marrow of our bones, this latest Executive order should have the GOP Presidential candidates rocking on their feet. Where are the headlines? Where is the Media, the GOP? Anyone out there? Am I the only one in this echo chamber? Good ole Cass Sunstein is getting his earlier wishes. (Married to Samantha Power of the Arab Spring fame.)
President Obama announced a new executive order on Tuesday which authorizes federal agencies to conduct behavioral experiments on U.S. citizens in order to advance government initiatives.
“A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights — research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them — can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people,” reads the executive order, released on Tuesday.
The initiative draws on research from University of Chicago economist Richard Thaler and Harvard law school professor Cass Sunstein, who was also dubbed Obama’s regulatory czar. The two behavioral scientists argued in their 2008 book “Nudge” that government policies can be designed in a way that “nudges” citizens towards certain behaviors and choices.
The desired choices almost always advance the goals of the federal government, though they are often couched as ways to cut overall program spending.
Read more: Daily Caller
Earlier post: Cass Sunstein behind monitoring of websites
Just prior to his appointment as President Obama’s so-called regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein wrote alengthy academic paper suggesting the government should “infiltrate” social network websites, chat rooms and message boards.
In a rare public appearance, The Obama Administration’s Information Czar Cass Sunstein gave a lecture at the NYU Law School in NYC yesterday, prompting Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange to attend. Watch as Luke confronts Sunstein multiple times on an academic paper he co-authored back in 2008 entitled “Conspiracy Theories” in which he called for cognitive infiltration of conspiracy groups by the government.
You can download the paper for free here: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1084585
SALON article that appears in video: http://www.salon.com/2010/01/15/sunst…
*UPDATE* Infowars Article on Confrontation: http://www.infowars.com/obama-informa…