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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John Stossel clearly with unique simplicity puts holes in supposed well meaning government agendas. ??Those willing to open their mind with new ideas and listen without prejudice (right or left) can catch the bigger picture. ??We Americans need something better. ??Government works best when less complicated and less of. ??Let common sense and accountability set the standard and we get a bonus. A balance budget and more citizens living and enjoying the pursuit of happiness.
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.
Yes! It's worth repeating just in case I missed or forgot some points.
I like his delivery, on TV and this audio book. I'm glad he read it himself.
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.
I love this book. I thought it was insightful, quick to understand, easy to grasp and yet indepth and intriguing. I enjoy Stossel's writing and reading style. I think most people will love this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed Stossel's skeptical view of government that uses real stories from news and his own experience to be examples for why individuals and the free market are be better options to big government.
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.
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