Meet the Nudge Czar – Maya Shankar
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. The book ‘Nudge’ has become a bible for advocates of ‘choice architecture’ decision-making in government. (Engineering Evil)
“Insights 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.”
Spoken like a true radical.
The Obama Administration already has behavioral teams working with over a dozen federal departments and agencies on newly-designed behavioral insights projects:
** Department of Labor
** Department of Health and Human Services
** Department of Education, Veterans Administration
** Department of Treasury
** Social Security Administration
** Department of Housing and Urban Development
** United States Department of Agriculture
And, the White House is recruiting more scientists.
Maya Shankar is linked to the far left Center for American Progress and George Soros.
World Net Daily reported:
Maya Shankar, a White House adviser cultivating a team tasked with subtly influencing Americans’ behavior, previously worked closely with the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, WND has learned.
Shankar has discussed utilizing cognitive science for social activism and is a champion of so-called social justice.
FoxNews.com ran a piece Tuesday on Shankar’s team, which is seeking experienced behavioral scientists looking to change people’s actions on everything from tax compliance to energy costs.
Shankar compiled a document outlining her “Behavioral Insights Team,” explaining a “growing body of evidence suggests that insights 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.”
One professor who forwarded Shankar’s document to others affectionately referred to the effort as the White House “nudge” squad.
As FoxNews.com pointed out, policies aimed at altering a population’s attitude became known as “nudges” after the term was popularized by Obama’s controversial former regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein, who penned a 2008 book called “Nudge.”
Shankar, a late-20s Yale graduate, has been described as a wunderkind. She joined the Obama administration in April as a senior policy advisor at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.
While at Yale, Shankar founded and served as editor-in-chief of The Five, a magazine committed to social activism and social justice.
Her magazine was sponsored by the Soros-funded Center for American Progress, or CAP.
Shankar also was a member of the Student Advisory Board for Campus Progress, the campus wing of CAP.
CAP is partially funded by George Soros.
And your tax dollars are paying for this.