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No, They Can't: Why Government Fails - But Individuals Succeed | [John Stossel]

No, They Can't: Why Government Fails - But Individuals Succeed

The government is not a neutral arbiter of truth. It never has been. It never will be. Doubt everything. John Stossel does. A self-described skeptic, he has dismantled society's sacred cows with unerring common sense. Now he debunks the most sacred of them all: our intuition and belief that government can solve our problems. In No, They Can't, the New York Times best-selling author and Fox News commentator insists that we discard that idea of the "perfect" government - left or right - and retrain our brain to look only at the facts, to rethink our lives as independent individuals - and fast.
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The government is not a neutral arbiter of truth. It never has been. It never will be. Doubt everything. John Stossel does. A self-described skeptic, he has dismantled society's sacred cows with unerring common sense. Now he debunks the most sacred of them all: our intuition and belief that government can solve our problems. In No, They Can't, the New York Times best-selling author and Fox News commentator insists that we discard that idea of the "perfect" government - left or right - and retrain our brain to look only at the facts, to rethink our lives as independent individuals -and fast.

With characteristic tenacity, John Stossel outlines and exposes the fallacies and facts of the most pressing issues of today's social and political climate - and shows how our intuitions about them are, frankly, wrong:

  • The unreliable marriage between big business, the media, and unions
  • The myth of tax breaks and the ignorance of their advocates
  • Why "central planners" never create more jobs and how government never really will
  • Why free trade works - without government interference
  • Federal regulations and the trouble they create for consumers
  • The harm caused to the disabled by government protection of the disabled
  • The problems (social and economic) generated by minimum-wage laws
  • The destructive daydreams of "health insurance for everyone"
  • Bad food vs. good food and the government
  • Intrusive, unwelcome nanny sensibilities
  • The dumbing down of public education and teachers' unions
  • How gun control actually increases crime

. . . and more myth-busting realities of why the American people must wrest our lives back from a government stranglehold.

Stossel also reveals how his unyielding desire to educate the public with the truth caused an irreparable rift with ABC (nobody wanted to hear the point-by-point facts of ObamaCare), and why he left his long-running stint for a new, uncensored forum with Fox. He lays out his ideas for education innovation as well and, finally, makes it perfectly clear why government action is the least effective and desirable fantasy to hang on to. As Stossel says, it’s not about electing the right people. It’s about narrowing responsibilities. No, They Can't is an irrefutable first step toward that goal.

©2012 JFS Productions, Inc. (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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    Stossel's book successfully argues that our government (1) uses its power to force us to live according to the ideas of Washington Bureaucrats, (2) it takes on many jobs that the private sector does more efficiently and (3) does things, we can do ourselves. He backs his findings with great examples.

    The most outrageous example is the FDA not allowing terminally ill patients to try new medications, because of possible side effects.

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    What did you love best about No, They Can't?

    learning what is really happening in the government and all of their regulations.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    learning how the average American really thinks. it is hard to believe how many people ( what a large %)really think that government is the one to solve all our problems.


    Have you listened to any of John Stossel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no. But he did a good job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the whole book keep my ear glued to the speakers.


    Any additional comments?

    i think every American should listen to or read this book it is very interesting. Not sure I agree with every thing Mr. Stossel believes but pretty damn close.We just need government to protect our borders and police our cities. We don't need them in our schools and such.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 07-07-15
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    Common sense approaches to our country's problems in a well presented manner. Stossel's narration is excellent!

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    Charlie Wilson 01-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "John will open your eyes to long thought beliefs"
    What did you love best about No, They Can't?

    The handbook for those who wonder what Libertarian-ism really is.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What does John Stossel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His pause after you believe that yes this is how it should be. . . then turns the table and says how it really should be.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I had no idea that John struggled with stuttering but fought it head on. He also affirmed that because you don't see the cost because the bills go to the insurance companies, that the cost of healthcare is too high because of the difference of how it's handled today compared to my childhood, where you paid for everything directly except catastrophic things handled by insurance at the hospital.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish more in school would be exposed to these thoughts as they start to form ways in their mind to mature into adulthood and self reliance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Albert C Pasadena, CA USA 06-05-14
    Albert C Pasadena, CA USA 06-05-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Another hit for John Stossel"
    Would you listen to No, They Can't again? Why?

    Yes, it's very refreshing. Best book I listened to so far this year.


    What other book might you compare No, They Can't to and why?

    Give me a break, Myths, lies, and downrigh stupidity.


    What about John Stossel’s performance did you like?

    Tell it the way it is.


    If you could give No, They Can't a new subtitle, what would it be?

    it's perfect the way it is.


    Any additional comments?

    I realized that more of us are libertarian than we know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 03-27-14
    Bill Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 03-27-14 Member Since 2013

    Libertarian businessman,

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    "Makes Free Market Economics Simple!"
    What did you love best about No, They Can't?

    Stossel takes a complicated subject (economics) and simplifies it to a point that even a left wing Democrat can understand.
    Warning: If you read this book, it will turn you into a believer in Free Markets and entrepreneurship.


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    Jeff Schuster Highlands Ranch, CO USA 02-01-14
    Jeff Schuster Highlands Ranch, CO USA 02-01-14
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    "Why Aren't All Americans Liberatarians?"

    This is a great book go gain an understanding of how well-meaning government action can create quite negative consequences. John Stossel is a professional speaker... even though he claims to have problems with stuttering, he is great at delivering his message in a way that is quite engaging.

    I am encouraged to know that the libertarian message is heard in some of our public schools. After so much proof that larger government cannot fix our problems, it is frustrating to hear Republican and Democratic politicians continue to promise to fix things with another bloated government solution. Great message... just wish it resonated with more Americans. Thank God our founding fathers understood the reasons for liberty or we would not be a country today.

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    Carl LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 06-19-13
    Carl LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 06-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Easier when heard in his own voice lol"
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I could have gotten away with success if it hadn't been for those meddling governments. Overall that is the message, and as a fellow Libertarian I agree. John always does a great job of outlining ways that the government gets in our way. Sometimes in areas that we dont always notice.
    If you already believe that competition and free market are good, but aren't sure just how much we need to be let to experiement and grow then this book is for you. If you already agree and just like hearing more about what you believe like me, then this book is still for you. Great quotes for when debating politics ;)


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    Paul W. Montgomery, AL, United States 05-27-13
    Paul W. Montgomery, AL, United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2009
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    "The best supported arguments on limited government"
    What did you love best about No, They Can't?

    Stossel's book is a treasure trove of data and examples on the failings of government. He does this while remaining fairly apolitical. (Disclaimer - I would say that I'm libertarian. Hardcore conservatives or liberals might not agree with this claim.) It would be hard to argue with his data and logic on many of the topics. He is definitely not a shill for either political party.

    I learned so much from this book. One of the things that I love about a book that covers historical moments is the ability to communicate the context of the time. I think Stossel does a pretty good job of setting the stage for what was commonly thought at the times that the different legislation was passed or public outcry was being expressed.

    This is the best book on politics that I have read in a while. I think it bleeds over into Economics as well if you are interested in that subject. This subject matter is something that many Americans need to be thinking about as we continue down the rabbit hole of constant warfare, growing deficits, and expanding government.


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    Arcane Code Columbiana, AL, United States 05-08-13
    Arcane Code Columbiana, AL, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "No, they really can't!"
    What did you love best about No, They Can't?

    John Stossel puts forth logical, persuasive arguments supported by fact. Over and over he documents another case where big government fails and the private sector succeeds. He provides concrete examples of government failures and contrasts that with similar issues that were successfully solved by the private business.


    What about John Stossel’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Stossel has a voice you either love or hate. I love it, I could just listen to him talk for hours (and have). There's something about his presentation style that just holds my attention. I listened to the book in one day, something I rarely do.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both. I laughed at many of the stories, but wanted to cry, or more accurately scream in rage, at the obscene blunders made by government.


    Any additional comments?

    John Stossel is very open about the fact he is a Libertarian. So right off the bat you know where he comes from. If you are a die hard lefty or righty you'll probably just get mad. But if you are "in the middle", please give this book a read. It will open your eyes to many of the deceitful practices being foisted upon you by both government and the media.

    THANK YOU JOHN!!!

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