It sounds incredible, even given the devolution of the United States presidency into a pseudo-dictatorship under Hussein Obama. A new executive order issued by the occupier of the White House on Tuesday directs federal agencies to conduct behavioral experiments on US citizens as a means of advancing “government initiatives.” WND put it simply, “Federal agencies have been directed to hire psychologists to experiment and find ways to better manipulate the American people to the federal government’s will.”
The Executive Order reads, “A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights — research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them — can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people.” Guess it’s all in how one defines “better service.”
The new program is based, according to a report in the Daily Caller, upon a 2013 proposal which was titled, “Strengthening Federal Capacity for Behavioral Insights.” The federal capacity for control is enhanced through a better understanding of how people respond to various stimuli. That’s not necessarily a good thing; in fact, it’s probably a very bad thing or could at a minimum be converted or distorted into many very bad things.
The mechanisms for evil are often installed under a false veil of well-intended humanitarianism or the interest of the public good. The report cites a document that was part of the 2013 proposal which identified the model as a British one implemented in 2010, which created a Behavioral Insights Team. That team engaged in “iterative experimentation” to test “interventions that will further advance priorities of the British government.”
Iterative experimentation involves indoctrination through repetition, along the Goebbels philosophy of repeating the lie until it is accepted as being true. We see that methodology in use in the global warming propaganda in which utter nonsense and self-inflicted harm is being embraced by the idiots who walk and vote among us.
The Marxist propaganda mill of the University of Chicago provided the foundation in the persons of Richard Thaler and former Obama population behavioral control operative or “Regulatory Czar” Cass Sunstein, who coauthored a book on the topic, “Nudge.”
In reviewing the founding document’s philosophy, Elizabeth Kolbert stated her concerns in The New Yorker, writing that it raised “awkward questions. If the ‘nudgee’ can’t be depended on to recognize his own best interests, why stop at a nudge? Why not offer a ‘push,’ or perhaps even a ‘shove’? And if people can’t be trusted to make the right choices for themselves how can they possibly be trusted to make the right decisions for the rest of us?”
That same review of the Nudge references a year-long July 2011, British House of Lords Science and Technology Committee subgroup study which concluded “You need more than just nudge … Behavioral change interventions appear to work best when they’re part of a package of regulation and fiscal measures … all politicians love quick fixes … one of the problems with all of this is if you really want to change people’s behavior it takes a very long time … you have to look at a 20- to 25-year span before you get a full change of behavior.”
This begs the question, what is it the seed of change that our ideological adversary in the White House is sowing in his pursuit of the fundamental, irreversible change of America?
The 2013 memo stated, “The federal government is currently creating a new team that will help build federal capacity to experiment with these approaches, and to scale behavioral interventions that have been rigorously evaluated, using, where possible, randomized controlled trials.”
The executive order directs federal agencies to “identify policies, programs, and operations where applying behavioral science insights may yield substantial improvements in public welfare, program outcomes, and program cost effectiveness,” as well as to “develop strategies for applying behavioral science insights to programs and, where possible, rigorously test and evaluate the impact of these insights.”
The illusion of public good is created under a guise of public welfare and cost savings, the real intent of the directive follows, with “applying behavioral science insights” or as we who speak in common English might phrase it, mind control or behavior modification. Regardless of the label we put on it, it’s the government, or the hijacked remnants of our former government taking measures to formally identify and install the methods of controlling the masses through subliminal means.
The Daily Caller also points out that federal agencies are being “encouraged to recruit behavioral science experts to join the federal government and to develop relationships with researchers in order to ‘better use empirical findings from the behavioral sciences.’ They note that ‘researchers’ from MIT, Harvard and the Brookings Institute and others are already onboard the thought and behavior control program.”
The creative labeling of directives, such as the regime’s claim that the Iran treaty was merely an agreement to circumvent the Constitution and public opinion is also a component of manipulating the masses into submission.
In many ways our government is no longer our government. It has morphed into an enemy of freedom that is actively pursuing our domination and subjugation. We are still told, in keeping with Tuesday’s Executive order, that America is the land of the free. For many who witness the actions of those in power, that illusion is becoming increasingly more difficult to accept.
The White House announcement of the Executive Order can be read here.
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