posted on Jun, 17 2011 @ 05:09 AM
Who is Cass Sunstein?
According to Wikipedia
Cass R. Sunstein (born September 21, 1954) is an American legal scholar, particularly in the fields of constitutional law, administrative law,
environmental law, and law and behavioral economics, who currently is the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory
Affairs in the Obama administration. For 27 years, Sunstein taught at the University of Chicago Law School, where he continues to teach as the
Harry Kalven Visiting Professor. Sunstein is currently Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he is on leave while working in the Obama
And here is a link to his taxpayer-funded government treehouse: the Office of Information and
NOTE: I have nothing personal against Mr. Sunstein. I am sure he is just doing his job, although his pronouncements do contain the disconcerting lilt
of the true believer....and and it just so happens he might seriously threaten our beloved ATS.
But let's let Mr. Sunstein speak for himself. The following is from Conspiracy Theories: Harvard University Law School Public Law & Legal Theory
Research Paper Series・University of Chicago Law School Public Law & Legal Theory Research Paper Series Paper No. 199 and University of Chicago
Law School Law & Economics Research Paper Series Paper No. 387
by CASS R. SUNSTEIN
and ADRIAN VERMEULE:
From the Abstract:
"Many millions of people hold conspiracy theories...Those who subscribe to conspiracy theories may create serious risks, including risks of violence,
and the existence of such theories raises significant challenges for policy and law. The first challenge is to understand the mechanisms by which
conspiracy theories prosper; the second challenge is to understand how such theories might be undermined. Such theories typically spread as a result
of identifiable cognitive blunders, operating in conjunction with informational and reputational influences. A distinctive feature of conspiracy
theories is their self-sealing quality. Conspiracy theorists are not likely to be persuaded by an attempt to dispel their theories; they may even
characterize that very attempt as further proof of the conspiracy. Because those who hold conspiracy theories typically suffer from a “crippled
epistemology,” in accordance with which it is rational to hold such theories, the best response consists in cognitive infiltration..."
The source can be downloaded (as of this writing) in PDF form from here.
Hmmm. "Cognative infiltration" of "extremist groups" (very loosely defined here) and a lot of talk about conspiracy web sites
. Are you worried
Of course, Mr. Sunstien's antics will be familiar to many reading this, and he has been discussed on ATS before. But I always felt the Sunstein
threads didn't get enough play on ATS, so to let ATS tell the story, I present a collection of Sunstein threads, mostly from last year. Apologies if
I've missed anyone's thread; please feel free to add links.
This thread is intended to consolidate some of this older discourse, and also to serve as a reminder that eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.
Keep your eyes on Mr. Sunstein...there is a good chance he's keeping his eyes on you
One more point...a lot of people have tried to make this into an Obama versus Republicans thing. It is true that Mr. Sunstein works out of the White
House, for Obama. But ask yourself this: Do you really think the same thing wouldn't be going on in one way or another under McCain, if he had won?
Its often a futile plea, but I implore you all to put away partisan hackery and focus on the bigger picture. Fortunately, this being ATS, I know most
of you are capable of that.
Recommended ATS Reads (feel free to add any I've missed)
Conspiracy Theorists vs. Sunstein: Propaganda, Misdirection and False Flags
Obama proposes covert agents to monitor ATS, among other indepenent websites
Sunstein Wants To Ban Guns, Free Speech
Obama staffer wants 'cognitive infiltration' of 9/11 conspiracy groups
Obama Czar Wants Mandatory Government Propaganda On Political Websites
edit on 6/17/11 by silent thunder because: (no reason given)