Skip to comments.Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior
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.
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But, 1984 was 30 years ago .....
Progressives view themselves as human ranchers who manage the sheeple.
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.
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.
The drones will be willingly managed. It’s us conservatives that they have to worry about.
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".
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?
This just in...”Winston Smith New Propaganda Czar”.
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
Well, what could possibly go wrong with this assumption? /s
Social Engineering by another name ..
When the Humbling from the Almighty finally descends upon this crowd it will make the Tower of Babel look like a Sunday picnic.
The Creel Commission reborn.
So, ‘nudge’ is a new word for ‘mind control’? These ‘nudges’ could become political very quickly.
this administration now has a brainwashing team for those working for the government?? Obozo hussein's fundamental transformation of the USA sadly continues.
“1984” mind control.
See “This Perfect Day” by Ira Levin...
It is just freakin’ eerie. I cannot believe that many people are that stupid or just don’t care.
*Clockwork Orange *
You beat me to it.
I don’t know why they need one. They already shove crap down your throat anyway, whether we want it or not.
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.
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."
And no amount of alcohol will make it go away, I'm finding.
We are just pieces of meat to be programmed, used and then disposed of as the state sees fit.
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
"Its For Your Own Good! Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism by Sarah Conly"
Warning; it will make your blood boil.
Yeah, me too.
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.”
Are they trying to breed the Master Race, or create the New Soviet Man?
“supporters say the team could make government and society more efficient”.
Want to make “gubmint” more efficient? Fire 90% of them.
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.
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.
“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
Preparing for mind control fits the modus operandi of liberals to a “t”.
“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
Please, look at all the countries in which central planning has worked...
Government schooling let too many minds fall through the cracks.
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.
I wonder who will be appointed Czar of the new Department of Propaganda?