Cass Sunstein is potentially the most dangerous Czar President Obama has appointed with such radical ideas as attorneys for animals and his two books, “On Rumors” & “Nudge.” He is also the person considering possible regulations to fine bloggers and limit freedom of speech as well.
- Cass Sunstein’s Wikipedia page.
- Cass Sunstein discusses his book called “Nudge.”
His comment of Obama being a “Constitutional specialist” absolutely blows me away, especially considering Obama’s actions since he first came into office.
- Cass Sunstein’s connection to President Obama from Reuters
- Sunstein discusses is beliefs about the 2nd Amendment:
- Sunstein’s belief of personhood for animals & the 2nd Bill of Rights:
- Sunstein’s views on regulating the Internet & Free Speech.
- Some interesting quotes by Sunstein from the Capital Research Center from April 30, 2009:
Much of the time, the United States seems to have embraced a confused and pernicious form of individualism. This approach endorses rights of private property and freedom of contract, and respects political liberty, but claims to distrust “government intervention” and insists that people must fend for themselves. This form of so-called individualism is incoherent, a tangle of confusions.
– Cass R. Sunstein, The Second Bill of Rights: FDR’s Unfinished Revolution and
Why We Need it More Than Ever, Basic Books, New York, 2004, p. 3
A system of limitless individual choices, with respect to communications, is not necessarily in the interest of citizenship and self-government.
–Cass Sunstein, arguing for a Fairness Doctrine for the Internet in his book,
Republic.com 2.0 (Princeton University Press, 2007), p.137
“In what sense in the money in our pockets and bank accounts fully ‘ours’? Did we earn it by our own autonomous efforts? Could we have inherited it without the assistance of probate courts? Do we save it without the support of bank regulators? Could we spend it if there were no public officials to coordinate the efforts and pool the resources of the community in which we live?… Without taxes there would be no liberty. Without taxes there would be no property. Without taxes, few of us would have any assets worth defending. [It is] a dim fiction that some people enjoy and exercise their rights without placing any burden whatsoever on the public fisc. … There is no liberty without dependency. That is why we should celebrate tax day …”
– Cass R. Sunstein, “Why We Should Celebrate Paying Taxes,” The Chicago
Tribune, April 14, 1999
Those who emphasize suffering have a simple answer to this objection: Everything depends on whether and to what extent the animal in question is capable of suffering. If rats are able to suffer, then their interests are relevant to the question of how, and perhaps even whether, they can be expelled from houses.
–Cass R. Sunstein, Martha C. Nussbaum. Animal Rights: Current Debates and
New Directions. (Oxford University Press, USA, 2004). P. 12
- Sunstein’s beliefs verses the U.S. Constitution.
Cass Sunstein to Leave WH ‘Regulatory Czar’ Post & Return to Harvard Law School
Madeleine Morgenstern | The Blaze | August 3, 2012
Cass Sunstein, President Barack Obama’s “regulatory czar,” will leave his administration post and head back to Harvard Law School later this month, Politico reported Friday morning:
Sunstein, a celebrity academic who met Barack Obama when they were both teaching at University of Chicago Law School was among the world’s most-quoted law professors when he came to Washington in 2009. He was named the new president’s chief regulatory enforcer (often called the “regulatory czar”) as head of OIRA (“oh-eye-ruh”), an office that gets little attention but is among an administration’s most potent levers.
Flashback: (Beck in 2009: ‘The most dangerous czar’)
Like Obama, Sunstein embraces “behavioral economics” – an emphasis on human behavior, rather than abstract theory, for identifying incentives to promote desired financial and environmental activity by individuals and corporations. The field of study supplied early underpinnings for Obama’s plans for health care and financial regulation.
Sunstein became a lightning rod for liberal activists who had hoped the administration would be more aggressive with regulatory policy.
As TheBlaze’s Erica Ritz defined, “Sunstein has long-advocated “nudging” Americans in the direction they really ought to go, by defining their choices and making the less desirable ones more inconvenient. No one is forcing you to do anything…just helping to guide your decisions.”
Also, will Mr. Sunstein also start collecting a check from the Center For American Progress, where former Czars go to work on their agendas more covertly??