Cass Sunstein Believes Your Internal Organs Are Government Property
September 8, 2009
Van Jones, one of President Barack Obama’s controversial czars, is out. Now, barely two days later, the radical views of another Obama nominee are coming to light. As reported Monday on Fox News by Brian Sullivan, host of Your World, Cass Sunstein, Obama’s choice to head up the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is advocating a plan whereby Americans would automatically have their organs harvested after death. (Sunstein has already raised eyebrows with his extremist views on regulating human behavior and his belief that animals should be able to sue humans).
Under Sunstein’s latest proposal, you could become an organ donor and not even know it.
The way organ donation works today, doctors and hospitals can only harvest your organs when you (or a spouse or relative of yours after your death) issue specific authorization (such as checking the organ donor box on your driver’s license) allowing them to do so. Sunstein wants to make it an “opt-out decision,” whereby your organs would be taken after death whether it’s what you wanted or not, unless you specifically opt-out.
The idea of automatic organ harvesting was outlined last year in a book Sunstein co-authored with Richard H. Thaler entitled Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness. Sunstein and Thaler argue that not enough people are donating organs because the decision to donate is left up to them.
That, they say, is why doctors and hospital officials would be better able to make the choice for you. Their doing so would spare you from having to make the decision and would not place your loved ones in the difficult position of trying to determine what your wishes would have been. From the book:
- “The major obstacle to increasing [organ] donations is the need to get the consent of surviving family members.”
- “Presumed consent preserves freedom of choice, but it is different from explicit consent because it shifts the default rule. Under this policy, all citizens would be presumed to be consenting donors, but they would have the opportunity to register their unwillingness to donate.”
- “The next of kin can be approached quite differently when the decedent’s silence is presumed to indicate a decision to donate rather than when it is presumed to indicate a decision not to donate. This shift may make it easier for the family to accept organ donation.”
This idea of a “mandated choice,” where the government will force you to make a decision or will decide for you about such an important issue, is something that would bring tears of admiration to the members of the National People’s Congress in Communist China.
Sunstein and Thaler admit that there will be opposition to this idea, but nothing insurmountable:
Another [problem] is that it is a hard sell politically. More than a few people object to the idea of ‘presuming’ anything when it comes to such a sensitive matter. For these reasons we think that the best choice architecture for organ donations is mandated choice.
The bottom line, then, is that under Sunstein’s plan, the government would have the last say in what should happen to your organs after you die, as you are deemed too stupid to be trusted to make the right decision:
The false assumption is that almost all people, almost all of the time, make choices that are in their best interest or at the very least are better than the choices that would be made [for them] by someone else.
The president has asked us to judge him based upon whom he surrounds himself with.
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
My End note: How Orwellian of this Obama administration! Reminds me of the movie “Soylent Green”.
Besides Cass Sunstein being a radical with radical views advising Obama, there is a “family” connection here!
How do radicals keep it “in the family”? Sunstein is married to Samantha Power.
Samantha Power from discoverthenetworks.org: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2379
Born in Ireland in September 1970, Samantha Power immigrated to the United States with her family in 1979. After graduating from Yale University, she worked as a journalist from 1993 to 1996, covering the Yugoslav wars for U.S. News & World Report, The Boston Globe, The Economist, and The New Republic.
Power then attended Harvard Law School, earning her Juris Doctorate in 1999. She is currently the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she is also affiliated with the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
Power has a long record of antipathy towards Israel. In 2001 she attended the United Nations’ World Conference Against Racism (in Durban, South Africa), even after the U.S. had withdrawn most of its diplomatic participation once it became apparent that the gathering would give prominence to anti-American, anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic perspectives.
Just months later, during a 2002 interview with Harry Kreisler, director of the Institute for International Studies at UC Berkeley, Power said that even if it meant “alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import” (i.e., Jewish Americans), the United States should stop investing “billions of dollars” in “servicing Israel’s military” and invest the money instead “in the new state of Palestine.”
Power’s 2002 book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, grew out of a paper she had written in law school and won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 2003. this book examines the origin of the word “genocide,” the major genocides of the 20th century, and the reasons why governments — most notably the U.S. — have so often failed to collectively identify and forestall genocides before the crisis stage.
In her 2004 review of Noam Chomsky’s book Hegemony or Survival, Power agreed with many of Chomsky’s criticisms of U.S. foreign policy and expressed her own concerns about what she called the “sins of our allies in the war on terror,” lumping Israel together with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, Russia, and Uzbekistan. She called Chomsky’s work “sobering and instructive.”
In 2005–06, Power worked as a foreign policy fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Barack Obama. In this role, she helped to spark and inform Obama’s interest in the deadly ethnic and tribal conflict of Darfur, Sudan.
In a 2007 interview, Power said that America’s relationship with Israel “has often led foreign policy decision-makers to defer reflexively to Israeli security assessments, and to replicate Israeli tactics…” The United States, she explained, had brought terrorist attacks upon itself by aping Israel’s violations of human rights.
In the fall of 2007, Power began writing a regular column for Time magazine. That same year, she appeared in Charles Ferguson’s documentary, No End in Sight, which criticized the Bush administration’s handling of the Iraq War.
In February 2008 Power released her second book, Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World. This book is about the eponymous United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, who was killed in a Baghdad hotel bombing on August 19, 2003.
In early 2008 Power served as a senior foreign-policy advisor to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. She was forced to resign from the campaign in March, however, after it was learned that she had referred to Obama’s Democrat rival, Hillary Clinton, as “a monster” whose modus operandi was “deceit.”
On July 4, 2008, Power married law professor Cass Sunstein, whom she had met while working on the Obama campaign.
In January 2009 President Obama appointed Power to serve as Director for Multilateral Affairs in the National Security Council. Power has become one of Obama’s closest advisors on foreign policy.