Deconstructing Sunstein

Posted: March 4th, 2010 by Militant Libertarian

by Keith Johnson, RotP

“Some of the nation’s most important policies are implemented through regulation.  In domains as diverse as energy efficiency, environmental protection, health care, occupational safety, civil rights, communications, homeland security, and many more, the government attempts to protect its citizens through regulations.”
Cass Sunstein

On  February 16, 2010,  Cass Sunstein made his first public speech as Obama’s regulation and information “Czar” during a keynote address at the American University’s Washington College of Law.  From it, we learn firsthand how a scientific dictatorship is being structured.  Sunstein discusses techniques to manipulate human behavior in order to facilitate, or in his own words, “nudge” people into compliance with government policy.  What’s frightening about his plan is that it parallels the social engineering outlined in Lord Bertrand Russell’s “The Impact of Science on Society”.

I. “It is to be expected that advances in physiology and psychology will give governments much more control over individual mentality than they now have even in totalitarian countries.”– Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society (1952)

Sunstein begins his lecture with a quote from a fellow Chicago Lawyer, Karl Llewellyn:

“Technique without morals is a menace.  But morals without technique is a mess”

It seems a little less than ironic that Sunstein would pick a quote from Llewellyn, who was the principal drafter of the Uniform Commercial Code.  The UCC essentially replaced our Constitutional courts and has been the basis of every code, law and statute since it was enacted in the early 1950’s.  Jordan Maxwell goes into a little more depth on the subject in a short 6 minute clip entitled “UCC=Slavery”, which can be found here:

II. “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”—Bertrand Russell

Sunstein attempts to make the case that human beings really don’t know what’s best for them.  He states that decades of scientific research have found that humans are “unrealistically optimistic” and that the resistance to “change” (inertia) dominates their behavior even if the change is in their own best interests.  He claims that evidence of this can be found in the average American’s voluntary participation in a 401K program.  Sunstein states “…people aren’t saving for retirement at the level one might expect, because to get into a 401K program they have to opt in.  And even though it is easy to opt in, the enrollment rate for opting in is surprisingly low.  If people are automatically enrolled, the rate shoots up even if they can opt out by checking a box.” This was an obvious plug for the administration’s “Automatic Enrollment Program”.  Obama referred to this in September, 2009 when he said “We know that automatic enrollment has made a big difference in participation rates by making it simpler for workers to save – and that’s why we’re going to expand it to more people.” Automatic enrollment is nothing new.  Everything we see on the stub of our paychecks came as a result of automatic enrollment.  Silence is compliance. And in time this so-called “voluntary” deduction will become mandatory, and opting out will be all but impossible.  The 401K program is a trap and ripe for looting, not only by the banks, but the government as well.

Another program Sunstein wants to implement is the “Direct Express Program” for Social Security recipients.  Instead on receiving a check, a plastic debit card will be issued.  He claims this will be more convenient and cost effective for both the government and the citizen.  But in reality, we all know that this is just another way to trace purchases and track individuals.

Read the rest at this link.


Comments (2)


  1. JayDee says:

    Cass, Cass Cass,
    you just don’t get it do you? It’s not any of your business what people are doing. People don’t want your brand of interference. People have the right to be wrong. Some of the folks that did put the maximum 15% into their 401K are sorry about it now, and the ones that didn’t are happy, especially in light of the FED gorging themselves in taxpayer bonuses and eyeballing our remaining 401K money.
    People with your nanny state ideology suck. Your time is short little man, because your Dem party is about to get a thumping of the century in the 2012 election. Bring it on Mr. Sunstein, bring it on…. Ive got a nudge for you

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