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Got Fascism? : Obama Advisor Promotes 'Cognitive Infiltration'

Cass Sunstein is President Obama's Harvard Law School friend, and recently appointed Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

In a recent scholarly article, he and coauthor Adrian Vermeule take up the question of "Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures." (J. Political Philosophy, 7 (2009), 202-227). This is a man with the president's ear. This is a man who would process information and regulate things. What does he here propose?

[W]e suggest a distinctive tactic for breaking up the hard core of extremists who supply conspiracy theories: cognitive infiltration of extremist groups, whereby government agents or their allies (acting either virtually or in real space, and either openly or anonymously) will undermine the crippled epistemology of believers by planting doubts about the theories and stylized facts that circulate within such groups, thereby introducing beneficial cognitive diversity. (Page 219.) 

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Comment by Don Cline
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 No surprises here.  Cass Sunstein is a totalitarian thug and he works for a totalitarian thug.  That's how Marxism works:  It can't stand on its own two feet in the free marketplace of ideas, so it is necessary to ram it down the people's throat whether they like it or not.  But it never survives without a constant infusion of funds from capitalist economic systems.  These twerps, too, will fail.

Comment by Lola Flores
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 Cass Sustein....ah!  Nice jewish boy...

Comment by David McElroy
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 So! Injecting confusion, distraction, and distrust among the people is nothing new. This is what Sunstein advocates with all his scholarly gobblygook academic language. Obfuscation is an old "professional" ploy. Of course, government is employing professional liars and sabotaging our economy, our schools, our elections, everything left of our freedom and dignity in the corpse of our once great republic. Yes, we have conspiracy theories. Who is conspiring, and why? Sunstein knows. And he knows where I think he and his boss can go. 

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