The federal government is hiring what it calls a "Behavioral Insights Team" that will look for ways to subtly influence people's behavior, according to a document describing the program. It is unconstitutional and will have evil unintended consequences. The Marxist/Progressives say the team could make government and society more efficient because it will bring about a more egalitarian and conforming society.
While the program is still in its early stages, the document shows the Marxist/Progressives are already working on such projects with almost a dozen federal departments and agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture. "Behavioral sciences can be used to help design public policies that work better, cost less, and help people to achieve their goals," reads the government document describing the program, which goes on to call for applicants to apply for positions on the team.
The document was emailed by a Marxist/Progressive senior adviser on social and behavioral sciences, to a university professor with the request that it be distributed to people interested in joining the team. The idea is that the team would "experiment" with various techniques, with the goal of tweaking behavior so people do everything from saving more for retirement to saving more in energy costs. The document praises subtle policies to change behavior to what they consider correct behavior.
I know the Constitution says the Federal Government is to protect its citizens. But does this not include protecting the borders from people crossing the border illegally. I know the constitution protects its citizens from the state mandating how they worship, but does that mean the state can tell its citizens when, where and how they can pray and worship. I know the constitution calls for the protection of life and liberty of its citizens, but is that granting the right to kill unborn citizens. What I do not know is where the constitution allows the government to “nudge” its citizens into actions the people in government at the time think is correct. What I do not know is what is a “nudge.” What I do know is countries first become a totalitarian state with “nudges.’
Thomas Jefferson said, “Freedom is lost gradually by an uninterested, uniformed and uninvolved people.”