Cass Sunstein - Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory AffairsSubmitted by kevink on Thu, 05/31/2012 - 20:38
Check out this youtube video of Cass, titled "Obama Information Czar Cass Sunstein Confronted on Cognitive Infiltration of Conspiracy Groups". Cass is confronted about a paper he wrote about what the government's response to conspiracy theories should be. He wrote that he favored "cognitive infiltration" of groups that produce conspiracy theories. This is who Obama chose as our "Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs"
Cass R Sunstein
U of Chicago - Law School
Harvard University - Harvard Law School
II Governmental Responses
What can government do about conspiracy theories? Among the things it can do, what should it do? We can readily imagine a series of possible responses. (1) Government might ban conspiracy theorizing. (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. However, our main policy idea is that government should engage in cognitive infiltration of the groups that produce conspiracy theories, which involves a mix of (3), (4) and (5).