Aug 30, 2013

In the age of Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, it is no longer enough for a tyrannical government to employ simplistic means of control and manipulation to keep the “citizens” in check. The slaves talk to each other, they expose the lies and deceit in the government, and have become generally unaccepting of governmental interference in their lives. President Obama knows this, and has formed a “Behavioral Insights Team” to bypass this inconvenience of an awakened public.

The controversial program, nicknamed the “nudge squad” by critics from all sides of the political spectrum, essentially “prods” the public to conform to certain behaviors deemed acceptable and necessary by the government. These “prods” include things like promoting condom use in Africa, getting subjects to pay their taxes on time, encouraging “sustainability,” among others, and involve many different agencies, including:

  • The Department of Labor
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Education
  • Veterans Administration
  • Department of Treasury
  • Social Security Administration
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture

In a document entitled “Research to Results: Strengthening Federal Capacity for Behavioral Insights” obtained and posted online by Fox News:

“The federal government is currently creating a new team that will help build federal capacity to experiment with these approaches and to scale behavioral interventions that have been rigorously evaluated, using, where possible, randomized controlled trials,”

Sounds like Edward Bernays’ wet dream. However, this isn’t an idea that Barry’s scientists came up with on their own ; The original idea actually came from the UK:

“The practice of using behavioral insights to inform policy has seen success overseas,” the document continues, urging experts from government and academia to apply. “In 2010, UK Prime Minister David Cameron commissioned the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), which through a process of rapid, iterative experimentation (“Test, Learn, Adapt”), has successfully identified and tested interventions that will further advance priorities of the British government….” (Emphasis added.)

The UK team’s website provides more detail:

“(The BIT) applies insights from academic research in behavioural economics and psychology to public policy and services.” According to the unit, it works with “almost every government department,” as well as local authorities, so-called non-governmental organizations, and even foreign governments in “developing proposals and testing them empirically across the full spectrum of government policy.”

Among its responsibilities, the site continues, is “encouraging and supporting people to make better choices for themselves.”

This is what a socialist government looks like: Mass manipulation of the public to conform to behavioral patterns, using the “it’s for your own good” strategy – Even if what they’re proposing isn’t good for you, or for anyone else. What they’re after is what’s good for the government, which is a corporate entity that, in reality, shouldn’t even exist.

Besides Edward Bernays – and maybe B.F. Skinner and Pavlov – this whole program reeks of a “control freak circle jerk”, and carries elements of some more modern control freaks, such as Cass Sunstein, Maya Shankar, and John Holdren. Besides being recently chosen to head the NSA’s “cleanup crew” after the Snowden leaks, Sunstein co-authored a book entitled, Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness, which – along with other writings – documents his extremist views such as:

“Cockroaches deserve a place to live as much as people do”

and

“We should plant our own people in forums, chatrooms, Facebook, etc. to conduct ‘cognitive infiltration’ of ‘conspiracy theorist groups'”

and

“We should ban conspiracy theorizing altogether!”

Leading the Behavioral Insights Team will be Maya Shankar, a Rhodes Scholar and senior policy advisor at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy who studied “cognitive science” at Yale. The White House Office of Science and Technology, of course, is headed by John Holdren, who can’t help but ooze his utter hatred and contempt of humanity in his 1977 book, Ecoscience. In his book, he outlines a “brave new world” completely controlled by a technocratic bureaucracy in every way, including forced sterilization through drinking water supplies, forced abortion, and infanticide:

“Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society,”

While establishment whore magazine TIME supports the idea, 90% of the population – “establishment” or not – are totally against the idea, calling it, “Orwellian, offensive, outrageous, dangerous, communistic, insane, and everything in between”. Former Judge Andrew Napolitano called the scheme “Mike Bloomberg on steroids”, and summed up the public reaction in two sentences:

“The federal government which can’t deliver the mail has no right trying to tell us how to live,”…“The minute we let the federal government begin to operate outside the confines of the Constitution is when the Constitution becomes meaningless.”

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