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Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior
foxnews.com ^ | 7/30/13 | Maxim Lott

Posted on 07/30/2013 7:59:40 AM PDT by ColdOne

The federal government is hiring what it calls a "Behavioral Insights Team" that will look for ways to subtly influence people's behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by FoxNews.com. Critics warn there could be unintended consequences to such policies, while supporters say the team could make government and society more efficient.

While the program is still in its early stages, the document shows the White House is already working on such projects with almost a dozen federal departments and agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.

"Behavioral sciences can be used to help design public policies that work better, cost less, and help people to achieve their goals," reads the government document describing the program, which goes on to call for applicants to apply for positions on the team.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: behaviormodification; bigbrother; nudgesquad; obamapropaganda; orwell; propaganda; propagandalegal; propagandateam
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1 posted on 07/30/2013 7:59:40 AM PDT by ColdOne
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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/interactive/2013/07/30/behavioral-insights-team-document/


2 posted on 07/30/2013 8:01:14 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: ColdOne

But, 1984 was 30 years ago .....


3 posted on 07/30/2013 8:01:58 AM PDT by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: ColdOne

Clockwork Orange


4 posted on 07/30/2013 8:02:36 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: ColdOne

Progressives view themselves as human ranchers who manage the sheeple.


5 posted on 07/30/2013 8:03:25 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: ColdOne

I promise to never mock Pre-WW2 Germany again.

We are living it and the ones who are awake are helpless to prevent what is happening.


6 posted on 07/30/2013 8:04:02 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: ColdOne

F^%$ the government.

They need to get O U T

of everyone’s life.

We only need THEM to conduct international trade, build and train an army to protect us... everything else, is off limits.

ENOUGH!


7 posted on 07/30/2013 8:04:13 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms." H. Amiel)
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To: ColdOne

The drones will be willingly managed. It’s us conservatives that they have to worry about.


8 posted on 07/30/2013 8:04:45 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: ColdOne

GFY BO.


9 posted on 07/30/2013 8:05:07 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (The Tipline for Zimmerman's Inquisition is: Sanford.florida@usdoj.gov ... Use it.)
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To: ColdOne
supporters say the team could make government and society more efficient

And the government gets the authority to do this where, exactly? Someone please point me to that article of the Constitution which grants them the power to make "society" more "efficient".

10 posted on 07/30/2013 8:05:13 AM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: ColdOne

Hey you listeners at NSA.

Register me for a permanent FOAD to any “subtle” pressure your masters try to push on me.

Their free media propagandists apparently aren’t doing their job anymore.

Won’t be long before Il’Douchebag trys to declare himself Fuehrer. Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuehrer, is that right you kenyan POS?


11 posted on 07/30/2013 8:05:20 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: ColdOne

12 posted on 07/30/2013 8:05:23 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ColdOne

“Nudge” this.


13 posted on 07/30/2013 8:05:45 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: ColdOne

This just in...”Winston Smith New Propaganda Czar”.


14 posted on 07/30/2013 8:05:52 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: ColdOne
supporters say the team could make government and society more efficient

It is NOT government's job to "make society more efficient."

The very idea bespeaks an arrogant inhumanity that could only be conceived and pursued by the most cold-blooded sociopathic tyrants.

The tree of liberty needs to be watered with the blood of such tyrants, who must be stopped at all costs.

“The greatest guilt of today is that of people who accept collectivism by moral default; the people who seek protection from the necessity of taking a stand, by refusing to admit to themselves the nature of that which they are accepting; the people who support plans specifically designed to achieve serfdom, but hide behind the empty assertion that they are lovers of freedom, with no concrete meaning attached to the word; the people who believe that the content of ideas need not be examined, that principles need not be defined, and that facts can be eliminated by keeping one's eyes shut. They expect, when they find themselves in a world of bloody ruins and concentration camps, to escape moral responsibility by wailing: "But I didn't mean this!” -- Ayn Rand

15 posted on 07/30/2013 8:06:19 AM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: GraceG
From the article: "Ultimately, nudging ... assumes a small group of people in government know better about choices than the individuals making them."

Well, what could possibly go wrong with this assumption? /s

16 posted on 07/30/2013 8:06:41 AM PDT by RightField (one of the obstreperous citizens insisting on incorrect thinking - C. Krauthamer)
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To: dfwgator
Twelve posts in to get to my original thought.

Well played.

17 posted on 07/30/2013 8:06:51 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: ColdOne

Social Engineering by another name ..


18 posted on 07/30/2013 8:07:38 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: ColdOne

When the Humbling from the Almighty finally descends upon this crowd it will make the Tower of Babel look like a Sunday picnic.


19 posted on 07/30/2013 8:08:28 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ColdOne

Looks like you need a nudge upside your head, cracker!

20 posted on 07/30/2013 8:10:40 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: ColdOne

The Creel Commission reborn.


21 posted on 07/30/2013 8:10:43 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ColdOne

So, ‘nudge’ is a new word for ‘mind control’? These ‘nudges’ could become political very quickly.


22 posted on 07/30/2013 8:17:04 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: ColdOne
"Behavioral Insights Team"

this administration now has a brainwashing team for those working for the government?? Obozo hussein's fundamental transformation of the USA sadly continues.

23 posted on 07/30/2013 8:20:31 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: ColdOne

“1984” mind control.


24 posted on 07/30/2013 8:23:10 AM PDT by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: ColdOne

See “This Perfect Day” by Ira Levin...


25 posted on 07/30/2013 8:24:43 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: autumnraine

It is just freakin’ eerie. I cannot believe that many people are that stupid or just don’t care.


26 posted on 07/30/2013 8:26:06 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: ThomasMore

*Clockwork Orange *

You beat me to it.

“Not Ludwig!”


27 posted on 07/30/2013 8:28:11 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: ColdOne

I don’t know why they need one. They already shove crap down your throat anyway, whether we want it or not.


28 posted on 07/30/2013 8:30:50 AM PDT by knak (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing)
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To: Resolute Conservative

Our public schools are to blame, IMHO. We should have been paying closer attention to what our children were being taught.

I’m grateful that most of my grandchildren are in good private schools.


29 posted on 07/30/2013 8:33:05 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: ColdOne
Resembles Russian KGB tactics.

Recommended reading ... two (1974 and 1985) "KGB" books by John Barron, a former US naval intelligence officer.

The 1974 edition led to his access to "many ordinarily inaccessible sources."

30 posted on 07/30/2013 8:34:45 AM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: autumnraine
We are living it and the ones who are awake are helpless to prevent what is happening.

And no amount of alcohol will make it go away, I'm finding.

31 posted on 07/30/2013 8:36:42 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: ColdOne
Bingo!  Okay boys, round this guy up...

LOL, well sorta...

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32 posted on 07/30/2013 8:44:10 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Kill the bill... Begin enforcing our current laws, signed by President Ronald Reagan.)
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To: ColdOne

We are just pieces of meat to be programmed, used and then disposed of as the state sees fit.


33 posted on 07/30/2013 8:48:43 AM PDT by henkster (The 0bama regime isn't a train wreck, it's a B 17 raid on the rail yard.)
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To: ColdOne

Haven’t they found out that when they give out the taxpayer $$ that most will do whatever the gov’t wants?

/so truthful the sarcasm hurts


34 posted on 07/30/2013 8:48:51 AM PDT by i_robot73 (We hold that all individuals have the Right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives - LP.org)
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To: ColdOne
This concept is laid out by Cass R. Sunstein. See the review of his book in the New York Review of Books:

"It’s For Your Own Good! Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism by Sarah Conly"

Warning; it will make your blood boil.

35 posted on 07/30/2013 8:49:04 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: rarestia

Yeah, me too.


36 posted on 07/30/2013 8:56:10 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: ColdOne

How long before the suggestions become laws, and the squads become armed?

“Ve shtronkly suggest you choose der arugula salat instead of another helpink of mashed potatoes!”

“Herr Obersturmfuhrer! He iss not choosing der argula!”

“Shoot him! It iss for his own gute.”


37 posted on 07/30/2013 8:59:12 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: ColdOne
The federal government is hiring what it calls a "Behavioral Insights Team" that will look for ways to subtly influence people's behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by FoxNews.com. Critics warn there could be unintended consequences to such policies, while supporters say the team could make government and society more efficient.

Are they trying to breed the Master Race, or create the New Soviet Man?

38 posted on 07/30/2013 9:00:21 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ColdOne
is this for real?
39 posted on 07/30/2013 9:01:32 AM PDT by Drawn7979
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To: ArrogantBustard

“supporters say the team could make government and society more efficient”.

Want to make “gubmint” more efficient? Fire 90% of them.


40 posted on 07/30/2013 9:04:03 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: ColdOne
They already have one - this is what Journ-o-list and its successor Cabal-list were and are all about. That's what putting out a television show named "The New Normal" was all about. They don't even have to hide it anymore.

Sure, there's pushback. But they don't have to reach everybody, just enough for (1) an election to be close enough to be stolen; (2) dissent to be marginalized and dissenters ostracized; and (3) opposition to be outlawed. Anyone who thinks this is paranoia hasn't been paying attention to what's happened to "Global Warming Deniers", "Racists", and "Homophobes" lately.

41 posted on 07/30/2013 9:09:00 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: ColdOne
this nudge squad brought to you by the letter E

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42 posted on 07/30/2013 9:10:52 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: ColdOne

I am about as sick of the endless “Social Engineering” as I could possibly be about anything. P**s on all Liberals, Progressives and any and all of their ilk.


43 posted on 07/30/2013 9:17:29 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: ColdOne

“Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct; nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary.”
- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 3


44 posted on 07/30/2013 9:27:05 AM PDT by wildbill
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To: ColdOne

Preparing for mind control fits the modus operandi of liberals to a “t”.


45 posted on 07/30/2013 9:27:24 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: basil

“Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it... All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children.”
- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 2


46 posted on 07/30/2013 9:29:34 AM PDT by wildbill
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To: RightField

Please, look at all the countries in which central planning has worked...


47 posted on 07/30/2013 9:29:49 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: drypowder

Government schooling let too many minds fall through the cracks.


48 posted on 07/30/2013 9:30:38 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: IronJack

That is not a joke, either. The Nazis didn’t have a lot of problems recruiting losers to their cause. Give them a little authority and the means of enforcement and you’ve got your storm troopers, gestapo, et al.


49 posted on 07/30/2013 9:42:41 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: ColdOne

I wonder who will be appointed Czar of the new Department of Propaganda?


50 posted on 07/30/2013 9:44:02 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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