As if there aren’t already enough control freaks in the Obama administration, now we have a “nudge czar” named Maya Shankar who we’re paying to come up with ways to shape the personal behavior of Americans through her Washington, DC office. Shankar is only in her twenties, but apparently she knows better than the rest of us how we should live our lives, and her job is to nudge us in the right direction.
Maya Shankar is a senior policy advisor at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. Her mandate is to supervise the organization of a federal government ‘nudge squad’ that will subtly change the behaviors of bureaucrats — and the rest of us
When does a nudge become a shove?
Americans may find out in coming years, as the federal government is setting up a ‘behavioral insights team’ to tinker with the way we accomplish everything from saving money and staying in school to losing weight and becoming more energy-efficient.
A document from Maya Shankar, a late-20s Yale graduate and former violin prodigy, sketches out the Obama administration’s grand plans for behavioral science.
Shankar joined the Obama administration in April as a senior policy advisor at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.
‘[I]nsights from the social and behavioral sciences can be used to help design public policies that work better, cost less, and help people to achieve their goals,’ says her proposal, first spotted by Fox News when Shankar sought help from a university professor. (Read More)
I’m thinking we’ll find out when a nudge becomes a shove after Obamacare is fully implemented.
Shankar previously worked closely with the George Soros funded Centers for American Progress, and her office is actively recruiting more nudgers. Here’s a brief clip of Cass Sunstein talking about his nudge theory. (Via Breitbart)
This administration is getting creepier by the minute. And why is Congress funding this?
As a side note, I can’t find anything specifically connecting Shankar to the American Sociological Association, but I would imagine that her philosophy mirrors that of the ASA. Read about that group at Discover the Networks. It openly promotes Marxist ideology and one of its former presidents was Frances Fox Piven. Birds of a feather and all…
H/T Physics Nut