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Why Nudge?: The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism (The Storrs Lectures Series) Hardcover – March 25, 2014
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Libertarian paternalism is no contradiction. All over the world, people are recognizing that we can adopt approaches that preserve freedom of choice, but that also steer people in helpful directions. Consider a GPS: you can ignore it if you want, but it gives you a route that is often pretty sensible. So, too, a restaurant might highlight healthful meals and put them in a special part of the menu. If so, it is engaging in libertarian paternalism. An employer might automatically enroll you in a savings plan or a health care planbut allow you to opt out. That’s a form of libertarian paternalism. The government might give people certain warnings, designed to reduce the risks associated with smoking or texting while driving. If the goal is to steer people in directions that will make their lives longer, then the government is engaged in libertarian paternalism. There’s no contradiction in combining freedom of choice with a little steering. And because it's a form of choice architecture,” impossible to avoid, steering is pretty much inevitable.
Should people be allowed to make mistakes? Are there times when they shouldn’t?
Sure, people should be allowed to make mistakes. We learn from what we do, even if our decisions don’t turn out so well. If our choices don’t affect anyone else, freedom of choice is a good place to start. But it isn’t a good place to end. If people really are making catastrophic decisions, and if the benefits of preventing the catastrophe clearly outweigh the costs, we might be able to overcome the presumption in favor of freedom of choice.
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His main concern is whether nudges are paternalistic. He categorizes paternalism in four neat boxes; it is either soft or hard, means or ends. They are self explanatory (well named) and really easy to visualize. The least objectionable road to success is soft and means, in which gentle nudges like ratings, warnings and data help people decide for themselves.Read more ›
Thanks to Sunstein and his ilk, this is truly "The Golden Age of the Anti-Intellectual." Government-sponsored propaganda has been refined and perfected to a point that would have made the Bolsheviks and Nazis marvel. Never in history have so many bad, unworkable ideas been so cleverly packaged and presented so as to be accepted by so many. The key to acceptance of [il]Liberal ideas is manipulation of emotions and promises of goods and services.
As long as they receive government benefits and hand-outs, most citizens will not look behind the "wizard's curtain." Nevertheless, modern U.S. Government is unlike any before. Citizens can observe that government is now nothing more than an unsustainable Ponzi scheme. A broad tax base of new taxpayers is needed every year just to pay basic government expenses. Yet, each year, the tax base shrinks (population of taxpayers decreases) and government expenses rise. In the face of this disaster, has government made an all-out effort to cut expenses? Of course not. Government is raising taxes to dangerous and debilitating levels, borrowing huge amounts of money from foreigners, and INCREASING EXPENSES.Read more ›
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