Obama Signs Executive Order Approving Behavioral Propaganda Experiments on American Public

Just when you think you heard it all, comes the latest Orwellian executive order from the White House.

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President Obama has just signed an executive order authorizing the federal government to conduct behavioral experiments on U.S. citizens. Federal agencies have been directed to hire behavioral scientists and psychologists to experiment, and find ways to manipulate the American public into doing exactly what the federal government wants them to do.

The Executive Order, Titled “Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People” can be viewed here on the White House Website.

In part it reads:

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.

Where Federal policies have been designed to reflect behavioral science insights, they have substantially improved outcomes for the individuals, families, communities, and businesses those policies serve. For example, automatic enrollment and automatic escalation in retirement savings plans have made it easier to save for the future, and have helped Americans accumulate billions of dollars in additional retirement savings. Similarly, streamlining the application process for Federal financial aid has made college more financially accessible for millions of students.

According to the Daily Caller, this Orwellian executive order can be traced back to research by University of Chicago economist Richard Thaler and Harvard law school professor Cass Sunstein. In their 2008 book ‘Nudge,’ Thaler and Sunstein wrote about how the government could psychologically “nudge” citizens into performing certain behaviors. Cass Sunstein, a former colleague and mentor of President Obama’s at the University of Chicago Law School was appointed to be the United States regulatory Czar in 2009, where he ran the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

While most people have probably never heard of Cass Sunstein, his radical views have helped shape this and many other Obama administration policies. Sunstein has long argued that the government can use propaganda and behavioral experiments to trick the public into doing the government’s will. In fact, he wrote an op-ed in Bloomberg were he cited the Chinese education system as an example of how curriculum could be designed “to transform students’ political views.”

While working at the White House Sunstein also called for draconian limitations on the first amendment and argued that speech should be regulated online. He claimed that the uncensored internet was a threat to level-headed democratic governments, and proposed radical ideas like mandatory “electronic sidewalks,” which would display links to opposing views alongside all opinion-based content.

In his book Nudge, Sunstein called for installing a “Civility Check” program for all e-mails and other online communications. He Wrote:

“We propose a Civility Check that can accurately tell whether the e-mail you’re about to send is angry and caution you, ‘warning: this appears to be an uncivil e-mail. do you really and truly want to send it?’” he wrote. “(Software already exists to detect foul language. What we are proposing is more subtle, because it is easy to send a really awful e-mail message that does not contain any four-letter words.) A stronger version, which people could choose or which might be the default, would say, ‘warning: this appears to be an uncivil e-mail. this will not be sent unless you ask to resend in 24 hours.’ With the stronger version, you might be able to bypass the delay with some work (by inputting, say, your Social Security number and your grandfather’s birth date, or maybe by solving some irritating math problem!).”

The Federal Government’s Propaganda Teams

In a 2013 White House memo, the Obama administration admitted that they were putting together teams to experiment on the public.

“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,” the memo read.

That document cited behavioral examples from the U.K. which showed how the government was able to increase tax compliance by sending out letters which read “9 out of 10 people in Britain pay their taxes on time.” Those letters led to a 15 percent increase in compliance.

The new executive order encourages federal agencies to:

“identify policies, programs, and operations where applying behavioral science insights may yield substantial improvements in public welfare, program outcomes, and program cost effectiveness,” as well as to “develop strategies for applying behavioral science insights to programs and, where possible, rigorously test and evaluate the impact of these insights.”

A fact sheet created as part of this executive order, which can be viewed here on the White House Website, directs federal agencies to start tinkering with the language they use when communicating with the public. According to the Fact Sheet, behavioral scientists and researchers at numerous universities and think tanks — from MIT, Harvard, and the Brookings Institute, to name a few — have signed on to the program.

13 Comments

  1. 5 more years, and I will be eligible for presidency.

    Vote for me!, my first action would be to remove ALL current executive orders, and form a committee/panel, to review current laws and put them up to strict constitutional scrutiny. and then remove unconstitutional laws.
    maybe even require schools to place the constitution and original BoR in the main hallways.

    to reinstitute the original pledge of allegiance, with UNDER GOD. it is a pledge to give your allegiance to your country, the WHOLE VERSE AS WRITTEN is required to ACTUALLY pledge your allegiance. it should not have ever been taken lightly.

    I would do my best to DESTROY the NSA and DHS, they are monsterous money sucking GIANTS of programs, I would rewrite the rules to entitlement programs like welfare and food stamps. while you are on them, you are an employee of the government, and as an employee your are subject to the same rules as a regular corporate entity employee, IE you CAN and WILL be randomly piss tested for the presence of drugs outside of the scope of doctors prescriptions. if you turn up positive, first offense is 1 year no benefits, second offense 3 years, 3rd offense, your permanently off the program.

    would also end SSI for addicts claiming their addiction is a disability. it is not, it is like saying personal choice is a disability.

    so.. VOTE FOR ME 2020!

  2. And the Obamabots keep on supporting these people. But what happens if the next guy who gets in office, a guy you don’t agree with, uses these behavioral nudges? Then what?

    It’s all fine and dandy when the jerk you support is the guy who is brainwashing the public right? It’s to bad most of the public doesn’t realize that it really doesn’t matter because everyone in Washington both Repubs and Dems are basically on the same side, and that side hates all free-thinking freedom loving citizens.

    • Amen, Sister!

      Brainwashing has been around since the dawn of time.

      Every government (and individual with any kind of social contact) uses it. Even with that statement, I am guilty of brainwashing. Folks just need to learn how to discern it.

      Johnie

  3. What’s ironic is it used to be liberals who loved books like 1984. In fact, I used to be pretty liberal in my youth, until I realized what the agenda actually was.

    Now these same so-called liberals are the ones that are doing everything they can to usher in 1984 style tyranny.

    Think about it, these are the people who brought you places like Whole Foods, but now support companies like Monsanto. They are the ones who used to be the champions of free-speech, but now they do everything they can to squash it (unless that speech is promoting something perverse then they can’t stop crying about their rights). They used to be for alternative medicine, now they are the ones who promote forced vaccinations and regulating the vitamin industry. These people and their followers are mentally ill!

    • RE-EDUCATION FOLKS!
      Don’t like odumbass, don’t like homosexual perversions, don’t like all this Muslim stuff, don’t like all the murdering of unborn babies, … ?
      Love Jesus and the country the way it used to be? Desire to have marriage what it intended to be as 1 man and 1 woman, Want to raise your child(ren) without the help of “the idiot village” ?
      Do you get all fired up over your rights being stomped on by creeps?
      Plan on you being among the ones to be re-educated.
      I have 1 question ~ why is this piece of crap still squatting in our White House?

      Cass Sunstein, a former colleague and mentor of President Obama’s at the University of Chicago Law School was appointed to be the United States regulatory Czar in 2009, where he ran the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

  4. Don’t trip. This just makes the policy public. They have been messing with our heads for many years. Psychiatry gives them rights that bypass the Constitution. They can and do hold individuals who are political prisoners. They can in the name of treatment; electricute you until you have a seizure. At one time they used an ice pick to damage the brain. The public objections caused them to invent drugs that do essentially the same damage. All in the name of service. Freud’s nephew created the advertising which is the same as the propaganda machine in Germany in the 1930’s and 40’s.
    Any one who watches television is being brain washed. Movies and now the Internet are full of brain washing.
    I would lock away all these devices and only let children use them under direct supervision for specific activities.
    Books on specific subjects can still be purchased.
    I suspect that it will not always be the case.
    If I had children, I would keep them close and educate them at home. School exposure to other children which is constantly espoused as mentally essential is dangerous. Other children have colds and germs and they carry attitudes which are contagious. One drug user can entice twenty more. One promiscuous teen can turn the rest. I have known of cases where a good looking charmer is seducing and sometimes impregnating multiple girls intentionally. The movie’s make them vulnerable psychologically. Then they get shamed, sometimes having abortions and they are mentally ready to be turned into “crack whores” to be further victimized.
    Some boys experimenting with homosexuality as a result of being drugged up, commit suicide. Face it.
    TPTB have been manipulating all of us for a very long time.
    Take a long walk daily. Read both classics and hard Science, Math, and autobiography. Read the actual books written by Carl Marx or whoever rather than a book written by a professor telling you what Marxism is. I use this example because there is truth and lies in someone else’s version. If I wanted to know or to understand you, should I rely on your autobiography? Or, should I read the book written after your death by someone who never met you but who investigated public records. By the way, I believe if you don’t write your story for your progeny, you are errant in your duty to them. Leave a record for those who follow. Don’t turn it into a public confessional. Have some dignity.

  5. Wow, this piece is wrought with conspiracy theory.
    It is always the other guys fault and name calling like when you speak of Odumbass and FORGET about the idiocy of G.W. Bush. Every presidential administration has been trying to find a way to brainwash people who don’t follow their line; and all of you are no different. You think you could get into the oval office and make things better but every single one of you forget about what makes this country so great and its the DIVERSITY of all these people. But I am willing to bet that most people here are uneducated (past high school or technical school), blue collar working class and never had to take a harassment/diversity class (or pay attention to one) to really understand how to work with other people of all diverse cultures.
    Peace to you all!

  6. I’m just going to put this out there…
    I worked for a popular coffee shop chain, the same customers from the surrounding businesses would come in everyday and usually ordered their “regular” drink.
    But on a seemingly random day they would order, for example, a strawberry frappe. Not one or two of the customers, but over half of them. It was like a mass memo was sent out to order this drink. Then the next day they would go back to their regular ordered drink. A week later, the same thing thing would happen, they would all order a chai. I know it seems trivial, but if they are testing, it’s going to be subtle, and affect us in the most unassuming way.

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