Cass Sunstein: Truth is a Disease
In his latest foray in defense of the many lies of the state, former Obama administration bureaucrat Cass Sunstein compares disbelief to a destructive contagion. He insists there is a “close relationship between conspiracy theories and social networks, especially close-knit or isolated ones” and after a particular “belief begins to spread, a lot of people within the network might accept it as well, on the theory that a spreading belief cannot possibly be wrong.”
Sunstein, who once proposed the state “cognitively infiltrate” anti-government groups, cites a number of examples, ranging from the alleged assassination of Osama bin Laden to Roswell and Santa Claus. Inclusion of the latter two examples adequately make Sunstein’s point. Mistrust of government produced narratives, many provided without sufficient evidence, is naÃ¯ve, child-like and, in the case of misgivings about vaccines, downright dangerous.
Sunstein does not mention a bountiful record demonstrating government is nothing less than a pathological liar. From the Gulf of Tonkin to Saddam Hussein’s imaginary weapons of mass destruction, the government has lied repeatedly as a pretext to engage in mass murder and commit other crimes.
The government lies every day about the economy. It dispenses a flurry of phony statistics designed to deceive, most notably and treacherously in regard to the national debt, or as the government prefers to call it, public debt (which means you and I, our children and grandchildren, are obliged at gunpoint to pay for it). The government claims the debt is around $17 trillion, but a number of economists cite unfunded liabilities and off-balance-sheet commitments showing the real debt is nearly $70 trillion. Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff, an expert on the national debt, states the debt is even higher. It is $222 trillion, he insists.
Minus lies, government would cease to function. Government lies are our country’s heritage, passed down generationally and accepted over time as status quo, argues Andrew P. Napolitano. “We allow our leaders to regulate, under false pretenses, every area of our supposedly free lives: What we eat, how our money is spent, how we protect ourselves,” explains a review of his book, “Lies The Government Told You.”
Just about every American knows the government is engaged in widespread surveillance and lies about it. For the government, these are not lies. They are “misstatements.” The NSA lies about spying and retaining data on Americans not accused of breaking any law or working in concert with any enemy.
The mÃ©lange of lies and deceptions, when pointed out, become conspiracy theories, according to government bureaucrats like Sunstein. “Pick your topic: Ukraine, the National Security Agency, assassinations of national leaders, recent economic crises, the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays — it’s child’s play to assemble a host of apparent clues, and to connect a bunch of dots, to support a relevant conspiracy theory,” he writes, trying to diminish truth through facile comparison (thus the insertion of Shakespeare).
As noted above, we know the NSA has lied to us, it is not a conspiracy theory. As for Ukraine, we know, or those of us who bother following up do, that the State Department put the current regime in office, including no shortage of fascists and soccer hooligans. The CIA has assassinated foreign leaders (the numerous attempts on Fidel Castro’s life are not bedtime stories or child’s play). As for economic crises, the former Federal Reserve boss, Ben Bernanke, admitted the federal agency that is not a federal agency (another conspiracy) engineered the Great Depression. The Federal Reserve created the current recession, in fact the Second Great Depression (and possibly the Greatest Depression) we are now enduring was, according to a large number of economists, created by the Federal Reserve through monetary manipulation. The latest appointed Fed boss, Janet Yellen, expressed concern about easy money asset bubbles and the damage they inflict. The credit crisis resulting from the explosion of the housing bubble led to the Great Recession beginning in 2007. No conspiracy theory there, just historic and economic fact.
The prospect millions of Americans are awake and questioning the government and apparatchiks like Sunstein drives the Harvard Law School academic to distraction. A healthy strain of incredulity, even if on occasion it leads to fantastic theories, is anathema to Sunstein and dangerous to the propaganda monopoly the state has held for decades, even centuries. Sunstein suggested undermining the truth movement and activist groups by flooding the internet with agents dispensing disinformation and engaging in outright disruptive tactics (see his paper on the subject here).
Such obtrusive tactics, however, may not be necessary. Earlier this week we learned that the U.S. government is handing control of the internet over to the internationalists. This will, ultimately, result in limiting if not eliminating the primary medium for dispensing truth and challenging official self-serving narratives, so many debunked and dispelled as propaganda and outright lies thanks to the availability of the internet.