Betsy Speicher’s Facebook page links to a couple of must-read articles. First, Obama is appointing Cass Sunstein to the “Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.” The name of that position alone is frightening. But it gets a lot scarier when you learn that his latest book, “On Rumors: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, What Can Be Done,” argues that the state should take down what it determines to be lies on the internet.
Sunstein’s reasoning begins with a subjectivist attack on people’s ability to use reason:
In “On Rumors,” Sunstein reviews how views get cemented in one camp even when people are presented with persuasive evidence to the contrary. He worries that we are headed for a future in which “people’s beliefs are a product of social networks working as echo chambers in which false rumors spread like wildfire.”
So when a lie is posted on the internet, even in comments, the state has the right to order a web site to take the lie down. Perhaps Sunstein explains in his book how government bureaucrats can determine the truth better than bloggers. The one example he gives proves that he can’t see the truth and that his law would be used to stifle political speech:
He alludes on page 3 (and on page 13, and 14, and 45, and 54 – the book is only 87 pages) to the supposedly insidious lie that “Barack Obama pals around with terrorists.”
But Ayers was a terrorist, he still hates America, and Obama began his political career in Ayers’s home. There is evidence that Ayers ghost-wrote Obama’s autobiography, “Dreams From My Father.” Doubtless, if the media had given Obama the anal exam they usually give presidential candidates, instead of working not to see the truth about Obama, we would know much more about Obama’s relationship with Ayers, Wright and others. (And we would know about periods of Obama’s life that remain a mystery to this day.) Obama did pal around with terrorists — but the new czar of “Information” would use the state to punish bloggers who said so.
I tell you, 20 years ago this stuff could only be imagined happening in a communist dictatorship — or in a novel by George Orwell or Ayn Rand. Today it’s reality in America. It can happen here; it is happening here.
The other link is to an IBD editorial that shows how the Democrats’ health care bill will be a PC, affirmative action nightmare meant to work as “reparations” for the evils of the past.
UPDATE: Minor revision.