Here’s how they take away your freedom. Better yet, here's how the new science of behavioral economics persuades you to hand over your freedom.
First, they prove “scientifically” that free will does not exist.
Second, they say that they are just giving you a “nudge” in right direction.
Third, they force you to do what they want you to do, because they know best.
Fourth, they tell you that you should be grateful because your loss is really a gain.
David Bernstein at the Volokh Conspiracy blog exposes the rhetorical ploy that defines behavioral economics:
You haven’t been divorced, you’ve been given the opportunity to change to a better spouse.
You haven’t been expelled, you’ve been given the opportunity to change to a better school.
You haven’t been evicted, you’ve been given the opportunity to change to a better apartment.
You haven’t received a cancellation notice for your pre-Obamacare insurance policy, you’ve been given the opportunity to “change to a better policy.”
That last one is from from a New York Times editorial. Seriously: “The 225,000 Michigan residents who the ad said received ‘cancellation notices’ were actually told that they could change to a better policy.”
Don’t worry about it. Once you discover the truth you will see that it’s all for your best.