To bind and gag us 4

There’s a government conspiracy being hatched to put and end to non-governmental “conspiracy theories”.

Fellow bloggers and all who are grateful for the First Amendment – beware! THEY are out to bind and gag us.

Freedom of speech is anathema to Cass Sunstein, one of Obama’s most powerful and most dangerous henchmen. He is Obama’s Information and Regulatory Affairs Czar. He may be deranged (he’s the one who suggested that animals should be allowed to sue people), but this new notion of his should be taken seriously because he speaks for the administration.

Here is part of a report about his plot to end freedom of speech and freedom of the press. It contains an audio clip so you can listen to what he says:

Disturbing audio has emerged of White House information czar Cass Sunstein, who in a previous white paper called for banning “conspiracy theories,” demanding that websites be mandated by law to link to opposing information or that pop ups containing government propaganda be forcibly included on political blogs.

Sunstein said that if this system couldn’t be implemented voluntarily, “Congress should hold hearings about mandates,” which would legally force people to dilute their own free speech. The Harvard Professor also said that blogs should be forced to list a random draw of 25 popular websites, such as CNN.com.

“The best would be for this to be done voluntarily,” said Sunstein, “But the word voluntary is a little complicated and people sometimes don’t do what’s best for our society,” he added.

“The idea would be to have a legal mandate as the last resort….an ultimate weapon designed to encourage people to do better,” Sunstein concluded.

As we previously reported, in a January 2008 white paper entitled “Conspiracy Theories,” the Harvard Professor who is currently President Obama’s head of information technology in the White House called for “conspiracy theories,” that is any political opinion which didn’t concur with the establishment view, to be taxed or even banned outright….

In a set of proposals designed to counter “dangerous” ideas, Sunstein suggested that the government could, “ban conspiracy theorizing,” or “impose some kind of tax, financial or otherwise, on those who disseminate such theories”. …

In his white paper, Sunstein …  cited the belief that “global warming is a deliberate fraud” as [a] marginal conspiracy theory to be countered by government censorship. …

Essentially, Sunstein wants it to be written into law that the government can dictate the very nature of reality to Americans and that their opinions can only be voiced at best when accompanied by mandatory federal propaganda or at worst that Americans can be silenced entirely by federal decree.

  • NoCountryForYoungMen

    This would signal a giant lurch towards totalitarianism… Evolution, Environmentalism, Deism, Atheism, Socialism were once thought as 'dangerous ideas' – and still are in many sad circles. The USA as USSR… what a disheartening thought.

    By banning the voice of conspiracy theorists, fundamentalist crazies, and the redneck uneducated people you actually give more power to their arguments.

    Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

    To climate change doubters please log on to google earth – use the archives and just see have the forests have shrunk. Humans are great enough in number to have a major global influence on the environment. This is a fact. Humanity perhaps would not have had to worry about recycling and intelligent use of resources if the population stayed below 1 billion… as there would still be enough nature for the earth to regenerate itself – but this is not the case now.

    I think closed biomes should be set up and the major climate change doubters, eternalists (who think the world will be the same no matter what humans do), dooms-dayers, bureaucrats, politicians, and religious fundamentalists of every stripe should be placed in this small environment will limited resources.

    Then they will find out that clear cutting the forest will equal clear cutting their life expectancies, that over fishing, and pollution of the water supply will mean sickness and hunger.

    I think such small scale social-environmental experiments are necessary in order to even think of saving 'the world.'

    • C. Gee

      I agree with your first sentence.

      I also agree that pollution is not a good thing, and that steps should be taken to prevent and mitigate it. Mankind does change his environment and effects local climate conditions (Urban Heat Islands, desertification, dams, irrigation, forest planting, forest clearing, animal grazing, herding etc.) Global average temperature goes up and down in cycles. The recent (small) rise seems to be flattening out. There is no evidence that mankind is turning up global average temperatures by industrial CO2. Explaining how heat is absorbed by CO2 does not constitute evidence. Climate science has not ruled out natural forcings. Climate science has yet to show evidence of water vapor feedback culminating in a catastrophic tipping point. And it has yet to determine the sign (negative or positive) of certain forcings due to aerosols, clouds etc. The sun's effects, both direct and indirect, on climate are being investigated by astrophysicists and new findings challenge the UN climate reports. The data set of temperature records has been called into question. Certainly the recent warming is not “unprecedented”.

      There is no known optimum number for world human population. There is no known optimum average temperature for the climate.

      Forests are renewable. Nature regenerates, and destroys. The planet will exist until the sun explodes. It might be hit by an enormous space rock. Mankind may be become extinct or evolve into something else.

      Your idea of placing people you don't like or disagree with in a small space with limited resources is a totalitarian fantasy. It is exactly the goal of alarmist-inspired policies . Alarmists already see the planet as a small biome, and want to control what happens in it. Most particularly, nasty mankind must be controlled, as he eats too much, moves too much and procreates too much.

      We shall soon all live in a designated area where our energy use will be rationed. Rationing itself will create a shortage of resources because there is no incentive to find new ones. Life will return to being solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. Childless too.

      Contrary to the totalitarian view, there is no shortage of resources if man's mind is seen as the greatest (renewable) resource. Invention and creation have found new ways for mankind to thrive everywhere. Man's mind is the only global resource that we cannot do without and should sustain. Life-sustaining ideas spread globally, even into hostile political and cultural environments, unless controllers stop them. Where people are alive , they are being sustained. Where they are not being sustained, they die. People will move to where they can sustain themselves, unless controllers stop them.

      Global rationing will mean world-wide poverty. Poverty is not environmentally or ecologically friendly. Global poverty will bring down world population very quickly indeed – which is precisely why policies encouraging it are being advocated by enviro-nuts.

      The “social-environmental experiments” you propound are new versions of the old evil. They are not redeemed by being “small scale”. The “environmental” aspect is just a fashionable accessory. Every village under Stalin and Mao was a small scale social experiment. Dear Leader in Korea is still experimenting.

      Wanting to play God is as irrational as believing in God. Atheists shouldn't do it.

  • Alejandro

    I have not seen any evidence to say that there is a government conspiracy to ban conspiracy theories. Even if there is, it would only serve to stop the public from being misguided by unreliable and non-peer-reviewed sources.

  • C. Gee

    Cass Sunstein was the favorite devil's advocate of the Federalist Society, once upon a time.
    I wonder how they regard him now.
    He is now his own caricature. That's what happens with tenured show-offs.