Cass Sunstein Won't Tell Harvard Magazine About White House Service

Joel B. Pollak
Big Government
28 Dec 2014

Cass Sunstein, former regulatory czar for President Barack Obama, is the subject of a glowing profile in this month’s Harvard magazine. Entitled “The Legal Olympian,” the article gushes over Sunstein’s extensive scholarly output, notes his many talents (including squash), and touches briefly on his philosophy of “libertarian paternalism,” according to which the state may help individuals make better choices (for themselves and for society) by giving them a “nudge” without infringing their freedom.

More than halfway through the article, however, readers are told that Sunstein will not comment on the way he applied that philosophy in the White House. In fact, Sunstein “has a policy against answering any questions about his time in government.” It’s an odd policy, to say the least, for someone who has written an entire book on conspiracy theories. Sunstein also purports to champion James Madison’s ideas about government, but a secretive government does not exactly lend itself to accountability…



The article continues at Big Government.




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