Cass Sunstein

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(Lawyer, academic, deep state functionary)
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BornCass Robert Sunstein
Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma materHarvard University
Spouse • Lisa Ruddick
• Samantha Power
Founder ofCognitive infiltration
Member ofAtlantik-Brücke, The American Academy in Berlin/Distinguished Visitors, WHO/Technical Advisory Group on Behavioural Insights and Sciences for Health
Interests • Conspiracy theories
• 9-11/Official narrative
• COVID-19/Lockdown/US
PartyDemocratic Party
One of "Leviathan’s Apologists"

Cass Sunstein is a US deep state functionary. He has defended the US government's official narrative about the events of September 11, 2001 and the necessity of the US COVID Lockdown.[1]

In 2008, he authored a paper about "Conspiracy theories" which claimed that belief in such theories was linked to violence. He "advocates for the control of society through subversive means of influence (nudging) while allowing people to continue believing that their choices are actually their own."[2]

“Once we know that people are human and have some Homer Simpson in them, then there’s a lot that can be done to manipulate them.”
Cass Sunstein [3]

In 2021 Mark Pulliam termed Adrian Vermeule & Cass Sunstein "Leviathan’s Apologists", observing that "for its enthusiasts, the possible unconstitutionality of the administrative state doesn’t matter."[4]

"Conspiracy Theories" and government infiltration

“Those who subscribe to conspiracy theories may create serious risks, including risks of violence, and the existence of such theories raises significant challenges for policy and law.”
Cass Sunstein,  Adrian Vermeule (15 January 2008)  [5]

Sunstein co-authored a now 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".[6] Various commentators have roundly criticized this intellectual stance.[7][8] who argue that it would violate prohibitions on government propaganda aimed at domestic citizens.[9] Sunstein and Vermeule's proposed infiltrations have also been met by sharply critical scholarly critiques.[10][11][12] The paper was cited in a 2015 speech by François Hollande in which he recommended that governments censor any such questioning from the internet.

Cashless society

In 2014 Sunstein wrote an article Fighting Crime by Going Cashless which suggested that a cashless society could reduce crime.[13]


Sunstein is married to Samantha Power, the 28th United States Ambassador to the United Nations.


A Document by Cass Sunstein

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
File:Cass sunstein conspiracies.pdfpaper15 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"
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  5. Cass R. Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule, “Conspiracy Theories,” Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 08-03
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  10. 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
  11. Kurtis Hagen, "Is Infiltration of 'Extremist Groups' Justified?" International Journal of Applied Philosophy 24.2 (Fall 2010) 153–168.
  12. Kurtis Hagen, “Conspiracy Theories and Stylized Facts,” Journal for Peace and Justice Studies 21.2 (Fall 2011) 3–22.