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Lift your lamp beside the golden door, Break not the golden rule, avoid well the golden calf, know; not all that glitters is gold, and laissez faire et laissez passer [let do and let pass] but as a shining sentinel, hesitate not to ring the bell, defend the gates, and man the wall

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cass Sunstein

Cass Sunstein

Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures [PDF Link SOURCE]
Cass Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule - 2010

"What can government do about conspiracy theories? Among the things it can do, what should it do?
(1) Government might ban "conspiracy theories", somehow defined. 
(2) Government might impose some kind of tax, financial or otherwise, on those who disseminate such theories. 
(3) Government might itself engage in counterspeech, marshaling arguments to discredit conspiracy theories. 
(4) Government might formally hire credible private parties to engage in counterspeech. 
(5) Government might engage in informal communication with such parties, encouraging them to help. Each instrument has a distinctive set of potential effects, or costs and benefits, and each will have a place under imaginable conditions.  
Our main policy claim here is that government should engage in cognitive infiltration of the groups that produce conspiracy theories, which involves a mix of (3), (4), and (5)."

Media Matters claims full quote exonerates Cass and Adrian(in bold) when it only further damns them while OBVIOUSLY leaving a giant loop hole with the phrase "Our main policy claim here" duh, (They also claim Glenn Beck "Cropped" the quote, he read it in full on the radio where he has 3 hours not 1)

From The First Page of "Nudge" 

"There's a little Homer Simpson in all of us. Sometimes we have self-control problems, sometimes we're impulsive and that in these circumstances, both private and public institutions, without coercing, can make our lives a lot better. Once we know that people are human and have some Homer Simpson in them, then there's a lot that can be done to manipulate them."

Sunstein's Wife asked (when they were dating) what his dream job would be... (The OIRA is the Office Of Information And Regulatory Affairs)

"I expected him to say he dreamed of playing for the Red Sox... his eyes got real big and he said: OOH! O.I.R.A. !" -NYT may 11


Samantha Power; wife of Cass Sunstein,

Advocate of the "Responsibility to Protect" policy

The Most Dangerous Woman In America?  
[Glenn Beck] Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Samantha Power Goes to War by Tom Haydenvia The Nation


Over a long conversation with Power in December 2003, I was struck by the generational factor in her thinking. If she had experienced Vietnam in her early 20s, I felt, she would have joined the radical left, suspicious always of American power. But as an Irish internationalist witnessing death and destruction in the former Yugoslavia, she wondered how the United States could be neutral. She strongly favored the American intervention and air war that followed. I asked whether she would have favored the Clinton administration sending combat troops to battle the Serbs, a scenario which was in the works when Russia pulled its support from Belgrade, effectively ending that war. I didn’t get an answer, only the promise of “a long conversation” in the future.
Power generalized from her Balkans experience to become an advocate of American and NATO military intervention in humanitarian crises, a position which became known as being a “humanitarian hawk.” She began to see war as an instrument to achieving her liberal, even radical, values. “The United States must also be prepared to risk the lives of its soldiers” to stop the threat of genocide, she wrote. She condemned Western “appeasement” of dictators. She believed that “the battle to stop genocide has been repeatedly lost in the realm of domestic politics.” In her mind, domestic concerns like discrimination and unemployment were secondary to foreign policy crises, a common attitude in the national security circles she was entering.

Glenn Beck Show- March 24, 2011
19:10-19:45 - Open Society - defined
20:10 precursor - 21:35 Responsibility to Protect - explained
22:43 Samantha Power - "The Problem from Hell"



"Responsibility To Protect" [Wikipedia]


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