Thursday, August 01, 2013
Coming soon.....the behavior police
Obama's Orwellian named "Behavioral Insights Team" is referred to as a "nudge squad" and it confirms the condescending paternalism with which government elitists view their roles in the lives of ordinary citizen rabble. Using psychological tricks, they intend to bend us to their will by optimizing our behavior to come in line with how they feel we should behave, whether it's how we eat, drive, consume health care, pay taxes, recycle, vote, you name it. There is no facet of life that the Obama administration doesn't want to influence, or to put more accurately, "dictate".
But when does a nudge become a shove and then a boot to the ass?
If a PSA for recycling is considered a nudge, what happens when I don't recycle? Will I be forcefully "re-educated" in the ways of environmentalism? Will I be taxed for every beer can that ends up in my trash instead of the approved container? Will the trash police have guns and the authority to raid my house at any time to verify my compliance?
This is the worst and possibly the scariest idea for the role of government I've ever heard.