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:
. . . 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.
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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.
learning what is really happening in the government and all of their regulations.
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.
no. But he did a good job.
the whole book keep my ear glued to the speakers.
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.
The handbook for those who wonder what Libertarian-ism really is.
His pause after you believe that yes this is how it should be. . . then turns the table and says how it really should be.
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.
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.
Yes, it's very refreshing. Best book I listened to so far this year.
Give me a break, Myths, lies, and downrigh stupidity.
Tell it the way it is.
it's perfect the way it is.
I realized that more of us are libertarian than we know.
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.
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.
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 ;)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
THe truth , but it really hurts to hear how bad our country has become.
Real life examples.
He's a great speaker, as is known by many from his tv performances.
Just upset about the realities of how corrupt our government has become.
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