Guest Post: A Letter From Cass Sunstein

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Submitted by James E Miller of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada,

From the desk of Cass Sunstein

Former Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

Former appointment to NSA Advisory Panel

March 3, 2014

Hello there citizen! I hope you are enjoying your day. I also hope you are enjoying your freedom from oppression that our kind, benevolent government provides. As a former lead bureaucrat in the Obama Administration, let me assure you, Washington is working around the clock to protect you and add fulfillment to your life.

You see, without the American government, roaming bands of thieves would run rampant in our country. There would be terror in the streets. Old ladies would have their purses snatched while out for their Sunday walks. Babies would never have candy since criminals would be forever stealing it. Your right to privacy within your home would be contested by armed thugs. And your eyes and ears would be continually bombarded with propaganda by greedy corporations.

Society is always hanging by a thread. That’s why the government is here to make sure it stays secure. Yes, it’s a good thing Washington protects you. Within the state, enforcers hold a monopoly on legal force to keep you safe. If it weren’t for their tireless efforts to protect law and order, society would wither away. You should, of course, be grateful that your liberty is secure thanks to Uncle Sam.

I recently had the pleasure of returning to public life to help establish new guidelines for the unjustly scrutinized National Security Agency. Ever since the traitorous rat Edward Snowden leaked documents alleging government wrongdoing, it seems that Americans have lost faith in their government. They seem to think the government collects vast swaths of private information without court-issued warrants. They also wrongly believe they have constitutional protection for their personal belongings. This is not good. That’s why I was brought aboard to help reform the NSA and shore up support for our great overseers…I mean public servants.

Unfortunately, our recommended changes to the NSA’s policy of data collection were largely ignored by President Obama. No matter though, what Washington decides is best is always for the best. Don’t like it? When you teach at Harvard Law School, you can start criticizing how our government works. Until then, go on with your quiet, desperate lives.

Forgive me if I come off as rude. Sometimes tough love is needed to ensure our great nation remains safe and protected. We work hard to keep our society free. And yet, all we get in return is suspicion and distrust. Some of you people don’t know how to be grateful.

Lately, the efforts by the NSA have once again begun to raise eyebrows in some rather unsavory corners. It’s remarkable. Again, the government only exists to protect and serve citizens like you. Why there is any question of our moral scruples, I cannot begin to comprehend.

For your protection, I must warn you that there are dangerous conspiracies out there. A few individuals are spreading theories about government spying that shouldn’t be believed. Those who circulate such nonsense are only perpetuating evil and sinister lies. They shouldn’t be believed. In due time, they will be stopped. Their alleged “truth-seeking” is nothing but treasonous libel.

One of these rumors is that the government has actually infiltrated the World Wide Web with a number of decoys and fake identities to quell dissent. This is a ridiculous assertion. For one thing, the government respects the free sharing of ideas the internet fosters. It would never do anything to inhibit free speech rights or slander anyone who voices a false opinion. In our great American Republic, the right to free expression is absolute. It will never be trampled upon for the purposes of aggrandizing those of us attached to the state.

Sure, I once co-authored a paper urging our government to infiltrate and discredit political dissent groups. Is that a crime? It was a harmless recommendation. What’s dangerous are theories that undermine our government’s efforts to stop terrorists. I only offered our guardians in Washington a way to respond, which would consist of “cognitive infiltration of extremist groups.” No big deal there. On the 1st Amendment, I also once argued the free flow of ideas may be better served with a government that regulates speech so as to ensure a better democracy. I truly do believe that our “constitutional guarantee of free speech” is not “adequately serving democratic goals.” Here again, I was only making recommendations so as to ensure a more perfect, more just, and more free country.

Now, there apparently is documented evidence proving the government dispatched a number of gadflies to silence political dissenters. Well, that just can’t be. The government is always a source of truth and goodness. None of the million or so bureaucrats who man our glorious state apparatus have a devious bone in their body.

The source of these rumors is the new media outlet founded by that unpatriotic scoundrel Glenn Greenwald. He claims to have unadulterated proof that government agents clandestinely work to dispel dissent by spreading lies online. Remember: this is the same Greenwald who fled his own country to live in Brazil. That means he can’t be trusted.

And let me assure you, if there is any truth to these revelations, then you are still in good hands. Our government only targets those who pose as threats to the nation’s health. Innocent, hard-working citizens have nothing to worry about. Certainly, there may be mistakes from time to time. But rest assured, any injustice inflicted by our good-natured officials is corrected as soon as possible.

There’s also another crazed assertion going around that our friends in the British government are capturing images of civilians in possibly compromising positions. The NSA supposedly assisted in this effort. Let me just say that all sounds like nonsense. Only in the make-believe world of George Orwell would such a thing to take place.

A foreign news outlet is trumpeting these claims. It claims to have proof of this gross violation of privacy. Now a few United States Senators are looking into the issue. Their efforts might score political points back home, but I can assure you, citizen, there is no violation of basic rights going on.

All of this breaking news is really a shame. It was the efforts of bureaucrats such as myself that we really had you ignorant of your own government’s activities. It was for your own good of course! Keeping you safe means knowing everything going on within our national borders. It also means monitoring the national “conversation” and making sure no unapproved comments are brought to light. The Zeitgeist is very important. If our government is to survive so as to protect the nation, then we must maintain legitimacy in the eyes of the serfs….I mean taxpayers.

For decades, Washington had a strict policy of labeling folks who challenge the efficacy of the government paranoid freaks who shouldn’t be given any attention. The news media followed its lead. As did the academics within prestigious universities including yours truly. For a good while, the state’s influence pervaded all corners of the country. But since the advent of the internet, and the terribly, unguided pool of information it houses, you and your fellow citizens are now subject to unverified truth. It used to be that you needed the permission of bureaucrats like me to know what’s real and what’s not. Now you can figure it out yourself, and that’s not good.

I will confess something to you citizen: there is a grain of truth to the notion that government attempts to influence your personal behavior. Sometimes, government officials try to discredit voices that challenge their authority. Other times they attempt to influence your spending habits to control the economy. And many times regulators flood the school system with pro-state propaganda to influence the next generation. In my book Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, I outline a plan for government to coerce you into making certain decisions. I only presume to know what you want, because I do. That’s why I travel in the upper branches of government.

This isn’t anything new. In the 1950s, the CIA instituted a program known as “Operation Mockingbird” in an attempt to influence the mainstream news. Journalists were recruited to spread the message of honor and nobility within the ranks of our government. Anybody who questioned our message was immediately marginalized. We couldn’t let the American people know they were being played for pawns. It’s all for national security, you see.

You must understand that this is all done for your own good. For your safety and posterity, it’s sometimes better for you to be left in the dark. There are smarter, more capable people taking care of you. Don’t like it? You can spend some time in luxurious prison system where guns, drugs, and other paraphernalia are within your grasp. You should be so lucky as to experience that kind of vacation!

I’ll leave you with one final reminder: the government is always watching. Uncle Sam does it for your own benefit. You’re not allowed to disagree. Just think of me and my bureaucratic colleagues as wise paternal figures. Sit down. Shut up. And keep paying your taxes.

Your friend,

Cass Sunstein

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Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Fuck off Big brother.............. we have had enough.

gmrpeabody's picture

Is it alright if I pour myself a drink...?

kaiserhoff's picture

The Apostle Paul, in one of the seven letters still thought by scholars to be authentic, says we should cheerfully obey government officials and slave masters, because they were placed in their positions by God for our benefit.

                                Make mine a double, Pea.

Muppet Pimp's picture

The amount of spookiness attracted by ZH visits (of the virtual kind) has gone parabolic since Ukraine kicked off.  Full Disc: Long Parabola

zionhead101's picture

Well like it or not the USA is at war, and once at war the FBI step's up all surveillance and sends in those who need to contain and manage the message.

I would expect a 10X increase here very soon, especially with story here today about the SNIPER's being on the CIA payroll in UKRAINE.

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The USA position is while you may have the right to root for the enemy, they have the right to control the debate.

European American's picture

I wouldn't mind if more of the Fascist Police implemented this form of crowd control.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qji-XGZ8sK0

Oldwood's picture

You won't get any pudding if you don't eat your meat!

Bohm Squad's picture

"Mother should I trust the government?"

SeattleBruce's picture

This is relative to other parts of the Bible that talk about 'obeying God rather than men' (Peter in Acts), and that good people suffer when the wicked are in power (Proverbs.)  I think many have opined here also, that we have those corrupt and evil in power over us, exactly as our apathy deserves.  Our apathy is our own, and cannot be blamed on God, imho.

cpnscarlet's picture

Of course, ignorance of scripture rarely stops people from making stupid comments...

God isn't stupid. Romans 13 and 1Pet 2 says to obey governors, police, etc. because they are there to protect the righteous and punish the wicked (that's the benefit). So there's a caveat. If government doesn't do that, there's no obligation to obey. They don't do their part, we don't have to do ours.

But don't feel too bad pagan, too many Christians don't know this either.

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

sadly most christians dont know what a bible is.... thank you for being some one that does...

drstrangelove73's picture

Do you mean,"We ought to obey God,rather than men".

You might be on to something...

The Wizard's picture

The term "scholars" should be in parentheses. Romans 13 is one of the most misinterpreted Scriptures by the corporate church system. Reading all of Paul's epistles should make one aware he had a disregard and distrusted the governments of this world. The temple Sanhedrin working in conjunction with the Roman government hated Paul after his conversion. Why do you think they had him jailed.

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

lamecherry had an interesting post on the aristocracy's hatred of paul that was sprouted by a comment from Nietzsche sister....  those that hate paul constantly use romans 13 to discredit him and the standards that he helped apply to all people, not just the plebeians....

TheReplacement's picture

Does God speak to you through the words of man long dead or your conscience?  Are you a sheep or a man?

sgorem's picture

Kiss My cASS, Sunstein !!

NoDebt's picture

I think I speak for everyone when I say "Fuck you, asshole."

The_Ungrateful_Yid's picture

Ah, the tribe showing no mercy as usual....

Ness.'s picture

Did this dick forget his /s?  That was sarcasm, right?  Please tell me that was sarcasm.  

gmrpeabody's picture

It was sarcasm within sarcasm...

try to keep up.

chemystical's picture

<  A) Meritocracy
<  B) Bar/Bas Mitvah Gift

 

Poll of the Day

Job as on-air or print personality at ESPN:

Chris Berman
Bonnie Bernstein
Steve Bunin
Linda Cohn
Seth Davis
Rich Eisen
Hank Goldberg
Mike Goldberg
Dick Schaap
Jeremy Schaap
John Oreovicz
Doug Gottlieb
Dana Jacobson
Suzy Kolber
Steve Levy
Tony Kornheiser
Karl Ravech
Scott Reiss
Dan Shulman
Charlie Steiner
Max Kellerman
Andy Katz
Rachel Nichols
Marc Stein
Matthew Berry
Sarah Walsh
Josh Weinfuss
Roger Cossack
Jerry Crasnick
David Schoenfield
Adam Rubin
Jeff Goodman
Andrew Feldman
Norman Chad
Andrea Adelson
Adam Rittenberg
David Rothenberg
Chad Millman
Paul Finebaum
Mitch Elbom,
...and you get the idea.

And let's not forget some others who we see/hear featured prominently on other networks :
 
Marv Albert
Roy Firestone
Jim Rome
Al Michaels
Dick Stockton
Jay Glazer
Ken Rosenthal
Sam Rosen

 

Colonel Klink's picture

Just one of the many reasons they call TV the electric joo.

Rafferty's picture

These are 'HATE FACTS'.  No wonder you got as many reds as greens.  

nmewn's picture

lol...excellent!

Overfed's picture

If Cass Sunstein were standing on the gallows in front of me with a rope around his neck, I would gleefully yank the drop lever.

Rock On Roger's picture

With a bit of slack in the rope and the knot in the right place, then a good hard kick to the balls should do the trick. No levers needed.

If it doesn't work the first time then keep trying.

 

Stack On

DavidPierre's picture

In 1947, immediately after its creation, one of the CIA's first acts is the launching of an illegal war against the citizens of the United States which it calls, ironically, Project Mockingbird.

Mockingbird is designed to deceive and manipulate the American public by controlling the content of American newspapers, magazines, books, movies and the broadcast media. A secret CIA memo unearthed by the Church Committee in 1975 says that “newsmen are cheaper to buy than a callgirl”.

CIA documents reveal that more than four hundred American journalists were/are on the CIA payroll.

Among senior mass media executives who were/are CIA assets are CBS president William Paley, CBS News President Sig Mickelson, who will later be president of the CIA propaganda fronts, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, Time Magazine owner Henry Luce, New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and James Copley of Copley News Service.

The “liberal” New York Times will provide cover for CIA agents between 1950 and 1966.

Project Mockingbird is headed by Rockefeller cousin, Nazi shyster and Hitler Project organizer Allen Dulles with the help of Frank Wisner, Richard Helms and Philip Graham, a graduate of the U.S. Army Intelligence School and publisher of the "liberal" Washington Post.

The Post itself becomes the CIA's premier media asset.

Eventually, the CIA’s media assets will include ABC, NBC, CBS, Time, Newsweek, the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, Copley News Service and more. By the CIA’s own admission, at least twenty five major media organizations will become direct CIA assets.

In reality, virtually the entire U.S. mass media apparatus is nothing more or less than a gigantic propaganda and disinformation machine masquerading as a free press.

Media manipulation in the U.S. today is more efficient than it was in Nazi Germany, because here we have the pretence that we are getting all the information we want. That misconception prevents people from even looking for the truth.  Mark Crispin Miller

In the same way as the revolving door between the U.S. government and the arms industry, a revolving door operates between the CIA and the mass media.

CIA Director Richard Helms was a United Press International correspondent, CIA Director William Casey was the major shareholder of the owner of the ABC television network, Capital Cities. Journalists Edward R. Murrow and Carl Rowan both worked as Directors of the CIA front U.S. Information Agency.

NBC news anchor John Chancellor was a director of the CIA’s radio propaganda network, Voice of America.

CBS Vice President Joseph H. Ream is a former deputy director of the National Security Agency (NSA).

Outside the U.S., the CIA has en extraordinary web of media assets with which to deceive, manipulate and misinform the people of the world.

Among the more important CIA fronts are/were Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty (Cuba) and Radio Free Asia. Among the newspaper and magazine fronts are Prevves (France), Der Monat (Germany), El Mundo Nuevo (Latin America), Quiet and Thought (India), Argumenten (Sweden) and La Prensa (Nicaragua).

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Nobel Peace prize for the NSA!!!

Ignatius's picture

If it weren't for the po-lice we'd all be laying in our beds with our throats cut ear to ear.

DavidPierre's picture

In 1947 the U.S. in collaboration with Britain establishes a worldwide network to eavesdrop on all electrical forms of communication worldwide. The system is known as Echelon.

The U.S. and Britain are soon joined by Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Later, other countries including Norway, Denmark, Germany and Turkey sign secret agreements with the United States to cooperate in the spying on their own citizens.

Echelon is run by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

In the pre-satellite era, the main targets of Echelon are radio broadcasts, telephone, telex and telegrams. Cable companies such as Nazi armaments maker IT&T, RCA and Western Union deliver paper copies and later magnetic tapes of their customers' cables directly to Echelon.

Sure is great to be living in the Free World, ain't it?

dizzyfingers's picture

Ditto WileECoyote and NoDebt!

zionhead101's picture

Cass Sunstein - "The Don Corleone of AIPAC", and not even one use of the zio- word, or the j- word ... troubling.

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Probably only point missing is that CASS SUNSTEIN was the king-maker that got Obama the job, and Rahm Emanuel and Cass had been bath-house buddy's for Obama for 20+ years and Cass asked for anything, it would be like getting a call from Reggie and response would be "YES DEAR".

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This post is a HONEY-POT,... Just saying.

NoDebt's picture

"This post is a HONEY-POT,... Just saying."

Of course it is.  Still, sometimes you just gotta work out some aggressions.  This is Fight Club after all.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

We are all targets on here, so fill your boots before the gag comes.

 

nmewn's picture

I rip my shirt open to expose my breast, I say bring it. What more can they do, imprison us and give us frrrrreeeee! health care?...lol.

Fuck em.

kaiserhoff's picture

Not just that, but free dental care, porn channels and conjugal visits.

Why did I ever want a job?

Rafferty's picture

not even one use of the zio- word, or the j- word ... troubling.

 

Well Miller is a well known flag of convenience for YKW.  I don't know about this guy tho'.

besnook's picture

actually, the main reason not to trust greenwald is because his new boss, omidyar, is one of the key financial supporters of the usa coup in the ukraine.

zionhead101's picture

Also left out here is that Cass Sunstein and Obama wrote USA Constitution 2.0, back in 2007, ... would be useful to link that, remember the 'constitutional scholar' Obama, did his graduate work at the REV Wright bath-house on his stomach, while Professor CASS SUNSTEIN tutored him.

"How would like to play 'Doctor' with Rahm Emanuel?"

Muppet Pimp's picture
By way of deception thou shalt do war 
Cornholiovanderbilt's picture

At least that knucklefuck has to look in a mirror every morning. That poor bastard! that poor mirror! Start fillin up the FEMA camps u fkn pussies!

zionhead101's picture

Google Images "Samantha Power, sexy babe"

Yep, wake up next to Miss Popularity, UN Ambassador to the UKRAINE, whoops I meant USA, poor me I keep thinking that USAofZion that Ukraine is already our 69th state.

Any way the first thing that CASS see's in the AM is not the mirror, but Samantha Power.

Rafferty's picture

She's an Irish shiksa.   Must try to find out..............

Rising Sun's picture

Cass Sunstein = Mr Burns

 

Barry = Smithers

Seasmoke's picture

Didn't he forget the death panels ????

zionhead101's picture

Z- Word has been FOUND ...

"The Zeitgeist is very important."

There you have it, ... they used the Z- word, now off with their heads.

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I find it perplexing that Von Mises Institute fears the use of the A- word, J- word and Z- word in proper context.

My only explanation might be that they want the Onion to pick this up, and they don't want to be de-ranked by GOOGLE.

[ Public knowledge that any mention of J-, Z-, or AIP- and the google search engines rank algorithm gives you an instant -1000000 points, non-biased search engine my ass ]

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How about Cass Suntein and family's relationship to AZC the folks that killed JFK years ago? Why should the same family now be controlling the NSA? Or maybe the NSA was working with Sunstein when JFK was killed?

Seasmoke's picture

Ben Franklin was correct.