Tuesday, July 4, 2017

                                    INDEPENDENCE  DAY ?

John Adams is not celebrated on  this day for  having greeted  General Gage's  Redcoat  reinforcements with  "I, for  one,  welcome  our  new alien overlords," as they landed in New England.  Nor did our nation's other Founders write :
We the People of the United States, in Order to form diverse Efforts to change social Norms and establish Opportunities and Strategies to promote Behavior Change  ...
Yet such were the concepts the President's Science Advisor embraced last summer, as he delivered an oration worthy of Brave New World or Coneheads   to a  White House  auditorium  packed with bright young Federal  bureaucrats,  looking  for  new turf to conquer, and citizens to subjugate to their every rule:
"As  President  Obama  noted in his Executive Order 13707, behavioral  science  insights  can  support  a  wide  range of national priorities including ... accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy. 
That Executive Order, 13707, directs Federal agencies to apply behavioral science insights to their policies and programs, and it institutionalizes  the Social and Behavioral Science Team...The adminstration is releasing new guidance to agencies that supports continued implementation of
The Behavioral Science Insights Executive Order. "

It begot this National Academy of Social Engineering Sciences report:


The  "new guidance"  of  Executive  Order  13707  applies to every departments of government, and requires  the Department of Defense to report back to the newly institutionalized White House Social and Behavioral  Sciences Team at regular intervals, as to how the armed forces are being remodeled in accord with the executive guidance of that order, which is, after all, one signed by the Commander In Chief.

Thus far no contemporary advocates of  The Precautionary Principle at  the  National Academies -- and  there  are  many ,  have  stepped forward  to tell us  why  it  ought not  to apply to the warning to the Philadelphia  Convention of Yale  Professor  Roger Sherman, one of the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence: 
 “If the Executive can model the army, he may set up an absolute government.” 

It is a fear  General Washington astutely echoed in his farewell to his officers  after  the American Revolutions  end, when he  warned  the nation to:

avoid the necessity of those overgrown... establishments 
which, under any form of government, 

are inauspicious to liberty.