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August 1, 2013

Big Brother Alert: 'Obama's New 'Nudge Squad' To Use Psychology And "Behavioral Insights" To Secretly Push You to Do His Bidding'

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Obama's 'Big Brother' nanny state administration is taking a giant step toward controlling our thinking.

This is right out of George Orwell's novel, 1984 ... is it too much of a stretch to believe that Obama would go so far as to persecute all individualism and independent thinking as thoughtcrimes if he could?

Personally, I wouldn't put it past him ... this clown is one sick puppy!

Via Warner Todd Huston at STACLU (emphasis added):

President Obama has failed in many ways to get Americans to follow along with his giant government, Big Brother ways. So, instead of changing his policies to what you want, hes investing your tax dollars into creating ways to "nudge" you into accepting his extreme policy ideas.

On Tuesday Fox News released a report that revealed Obama's plan to use psychology and "behavioral insights" to cajole America into accepting his way of thinking.

"The federal government is hiring what it calls a "Behavioral Insights Team" that will look for ways to subtly influence people's behavior" Fox reports.

The newser found that these "insights" teams are already fanning out across several government departments to help them fine-tune the message to fool Americans into thinking Obama's ideas are just what we need to cure our nation's ills (you know, the ones Obama caused in the first place).

"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.

The document was emailed by Maya Shankar, a White House senior adviser on social and behavioral sciences, to a university professor with the request that it be distributed to people interested in joining the team. The idea is that the team would "experiment" with various techniques, with the goal of tweaking behavior so people do everything from saving more for retirement to saving more in energy costs.

Some of those Fox asked thought it sounded like a great idea. But others aren't so sure.
"I am very skeptical of a team promoting nudge policies" Michael Thomas, an economist at Utah State University, told

"Ultimately, nudging ... assumes a small group of people in government know better about choices than the individuals making them."

Keep reading Here.

As Huston goes on to point out, one of the problems with this policy (other than the fact that it's somewhat frightening to know that we have an administration that would even think of such a thing) is that this policy isn't being used to "improve" government (which is scary enough and cause for concern - it's a form of 'thought control') - it's being used to sell us on what government wants to do despite what we the people want it to do.

And the there's this: White House "Nudge Czar" Maya Shankar is linked to the far left Center for American Progress and George Soros.

Via World Net Daily (emphasis added):

Maya Shankar, a White House adviser cultivating a team tasked with subtly influencing Americans' behavior, previously worked closely with the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, WND has learned.

Shankar has discussed utilizing cognitive science for social activism and is a champion of so-called social justice. ran a piece Tuesday on Shankar's team, which is seeking experienced behavioral scientists looking to change people's actions on everything from tax compliance to energy costs.

Shankar compiled a document outlining her "Behavioral Insights Team," explaining a "growing body of evidence suggests that insights from the social and behavioral sciences can be used to help design public policies that work better, cost less, and help people to achieve their goals."

One professor who forwarded Shankar's document to others affectionately referred to the effort as the White House "nudge" squad.

More here.

As the saying goes, you just can't make this stuff up. It's not only pure evil, it goes beyond '1984' - it's 1984 with the added influence of George Soros and radically far-left liberal-progressive group Think Progress.

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Posted by Hyscience at August 1, 2013 7:09 AM

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