“The records, obtained from the OSTP under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), also include a delivery by Holdren in which he insists that the social and behavioral sciences ‘are real science, with immensely valuable practical applications—the views of a few members of Congress to the contrary notwithstanding—and that these sciences abundantly warrant continuing support in the Federal science and technology budget,’” Judicial Watch reports.
“Holdren, a Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate is a peculiar character who worked as an environmental professor at Harvard and the University of California Berkeley before becoming Obama’s science advisor. In the late 70s he co-authored a book with doomsayer Paul Ehrlich advocating for mandatory sterilization of the American people and forced abortions in order to depopulate the country. A head of the OSTP Holdren technically oversees the SBST.”
In the annual report to the President last year, SBST claims to help “better serve the nation” by identifying how behavioral insights can be integrated into federal agency programs as a means to assist agencies in achieving their missions and objectives. They list departments of Agriculture, Defense, Education, Treasury, Justice and Labor as well as the Social Security Administration and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) as agencies that they have worked with to “advance policy and program goals.”
“When behavioral insights—research findings from behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them—are brought into policy, the returns are significant,” the SBST report states.