Dems have a plan. They call us "conspiracy theorists"…
to debunk anything we progressives might say that is uncomfortable for them.
Cass Sunstein was a regulatory advisor to Obama. He had earlier written a paper called “Conspiracy Theories”. Here’s some parts of a summary I found at a blog.
Samantha met her husband, Cass, when they worked as campaign advisers to Barack Obama, their friend and his former colleague at the University of Chicago Law School.
To understand Samantha, and perhaps the mindset of the White House, one should study the philosophy of her hubby, Cass. From Wikipedia:
“Cass Sunstein co-authored a 2008 paper with Adrian Vermeule, titled “Conspiracy Theories,” dealing with the risks and possible government responses to conspiracy theories resulting from “cascades” of faulty information within groups that may ultimately lead to violence. In this article they wrote, “The existence of both domestic and foreign conspiracy theories, we suggest, is no trivial matter, posing real risks to the government’s anti terrorism policies, whatever the latter may be.” They go on to propose that, “the best response consists in cognitive infiltration of extremist groups.
I’m thinking they really expanded their definition of what can be called “extremist” groups. Now it seems they apply that definition to progressive truths seeking the truth.
When you see the current efforts to monitor the internet and phone calls, Cass’ “cognitive infiltration” looks like the philosophical basis of today’s intrusive government surveillance.
“The authors declare that there are five responses a government can take toward conspiracy theories: “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 counter speech, marshaling arguments to discredit conspiracy theories.
(4) Government might formally hire credible private parties to engage in counter speech.
(5) Government might engage in informal communication with such parties, encouraging them to help.” However, the authors advocate that 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…”
(The above list was all in one paragraph..I separated them for easier reading.
It just seems to me now that even the most sensible thoughts on the most sensible subjects can be twisted and turned into a CT.
It’s become a convenient way for the Democrats and the complicit media to try and make us leftists, liberals, progressives look bad.
They don’t want to stand strongly for issues, so it’s easier for them that way.
There was an article at The Nation in 2008 in which Cass Sunstein made it clear we needed to work in harmony with the other party and not be too critical. Can’t find the link, but here’s the quote.
Netroots face bipartisan attacks on the rule of law.
Politicians, legal experts and progressive activists grappled with Republican abuses of power at the third annual netroots convention on Friday, debating how an Obama Administration might restore the rule of law. Cass Sunstein, an adviser to Barack Obama from the University of Chicago Law School, cautioned against prosecuting criminal conduct from the current Administration. Prosecuting government officials risks a “cycle” of criminalizing public service, he argued, and Democrats should avoid replicating retributive efforts like the impeachment of President Clinton–or even the “slight appearance” of it. Update: Sunstein emailed to emphasize that he also said and believes that “egregious crimes should not be ignored.”
Sunstein would rather live in harmony with the right wing it seems. But his article shows that he would not object to turning progressives (the real ones) into conspiracy theorists.ReRe2, PuffGranny, Pastiche and 48 othersJEB, ravensong, Babel 17, bobthedrummer, ctsnowman, chknltl, dlegendary1, 99thMonkey, xynthee, slay, cui bono, joentokyo, Chop Chop, Common good, Tuesday, Cleita, Odd John, Haikugal, Lorien, Ferd Berfel, caliny, Katashi, Enthusiast, Xyzse, dorkzilla, Marym625, TRex, iggy, WillyT, Coyote Walks, bbgrunt, RufusTFirefly, Fire with Fire, Fawke Em, graycat, Koko, nevereVereven, canoeist52, NV Wino, area woman, zeemike, ZimInSeattle, Hobbit709, djean111, winter is coming, daleanime, elias39, mmonk like thisIf a person is required to be loyal to a political party and not question their stands on issues, then any semblance of real truth is lost. https://twitter.com/madfloridian
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