Sunstein’s Crackpot Theories

By Michael Collins

I’ve been trying to understand Cass Sunstein’s 2008 paper called, Conspiracy Theories. It’s the foundation for his proposed domestic spying program.  Obama appointed Sunstein administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a part of the Office of Management and Budget. (Image) He wants to wage a “cognitive” war on conspiracy theories that clutter up the public thought space.  

Wikipedia provides a decent summary of Sunstein’s legal philosophy and reveals that Sunstein’s legal theories are somewhere on the border between crackpot and conspiracy theories:

Legal philosophy

Sunstein is a proponent of judicial minimalism, arguing that judges should focus primarily on deciding the case at hand, and avoid making sweeping changes to the law or decisions that have broad-reaching effects. Some view him as liberal[citation needed] despite publicly supporting some of George W. Bush‘s judicial nominees, including Michael W. McConnell and John G. Roberts, as well as supporting rights under the Second Amendment [10] and providing strong theoretical support for the death penalty[11]. Much of his work also brings behavioral economics to bear on law, suggesting that the “rational actor” model will sometimes produce an inadequate understanding of how people will respond to legal intervention.  Wikipedia

Judicial minimalism is a legal philosophy that preserves the status quo.   Sunstein’s legal system abjures  precedents in favor of one at a time decisions that have little or  no impact on other cases.  That sounds  like  lawyers  and judges collaborating to preserve the wealth of those who paid for and wrote the laws they like.   Since they’re shilling for entrenched wealth in the guise of performing the function of lawyers and judges, this  should count a conspiracy to deceive and defraud the public

The behavioral economics and law theories of Sunstein are straight from the University of Chicago wealth preservation program.  This political  philosophy is referred to as law and economics (L&E).  This L&E movement “influenced a generation of jurists, including Robert Bork, Richard Posner, Antonin Scalia and Chief Justice William Rehnquist” (see Mr. Anonymous & the libertarian Movement).   There’s a real conspiracy here since the the Department of Economics at Chicago was largely put in place by ultra right wing charities that imported marginal academics with radical free market philosophies and enshrined them at Chicago as though they were distinguished scholars.

Then there are Sunstein’s ambitions to have government operatives clean up the thinking of citizens who argue for conspiracy theories that Susstein and his patrons deem false.  He’s conspiring in the open so we’ll label this a crackpot theory.

There are two truly disturbing thing about Sunstein.  First, his name is in the mix as the next appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States.  Second, he’s considered a close friend and confidante of the president.   The more that we find out about Obama, the more hopeless he seems.  Seriously, Tim Geithner and Larry Summers were in your face atrocious appointments.  This one is just weird and he’s Obama’s pal.


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4 responses to “Sunstein’s Crackpot Theories

  1. Pingback: The Progressive Mind » Sunstein’s Crackpot Theories « COTO Report

  2. sounds like he is proposing either thought police (yikes) or at the least more moles and troublemakers in our online groups. Or course if he’s appointed to SCOTUS (is it just me or why does that sound like scrotum?) he can enshrine his right wing conspiracies.

  3. LOL. He’s a total mess. See the film (if you haven’t already) “Being There.” He’s the main character. It’s intimidation, period. I think I’ve got his motive down and will publish something on that shortly.

  4. The Patriots are going to take all of Cass Sunstein’s money away. And then they will put him in jail. And then they are going to tie the 13th knot on that quisling, fifth column.

    After that, they will throw his legacy on the trash heap of history.

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