| Cass Sunstein |
Cass Robert Sunstein|
Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
• Lisa Ruddick|
• Samantha Power
|Founder of||Cognitive infiltration|
"Conspiracy Theories" and government infiltration
Sunstein co-authored an infamous 2008 paper, entitled "Conspiracy Theories" which tried to link questioning governments' official narratives with violence, and suggested that "the best response [to "conspiracy theorists"] consists in cognitive infiltration of extremist groups". Various commentators have roundly criticized this intellectual stance. who argue that it would violate prohibitions on government propaganda aimed at domestic citizens. Sunstein and Vermeule's proposed infiltrations have also been met by sharply critical scholarly critiques. The paper was cited in a 2015 speech by François Hollande in which he recommended that governments censor any such questioning from the internet.
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|File:Cass sunstein conspiracies.pdf||paper||15 January 2008||Conspiracy theory||A classic Official Narrative-type exposition of Conspiracy theory and Conspiracy Theorists with recommendations on how governments should deal with them. It is the principal source of the now widely-used expression "Cognitive Infiltration"|
- "Conspiracy Theories by Cass Sunstein, Adrian Vermeule :: SSRN". Papers.ssrn.com. doi:10.2139/ssrn.1084585. Retrieved 2012-07-27.
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- Greenwald, Glenn (January 15, 2010). "Obama confidant’s spine-chilling proposal". Salon.com. Retrieved 2012-07-27.
- David Ray Griffin, Cognitive Infiltration, An Obama Appointee s Plan To Undermine The 9/11 Conspiracy Theory. Olive Branch Press, ISBN 978-1-56656-821-0
- Kurtis Hagen, "Is Infiltration of 'Extremist Groups' Justified?" International Journal of Applied Philosophy 24.2 (Fall 2010) 153–168.
- Kurtis Hagen, “Conspiracy Theories and Stylized Facts,” Journal for Peace and Justice Studies 21.2 (Fall 2011) 3–22.
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