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No, They Can't Audiobook
No, They Can't
Written by: 
John Stossel
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John Stossel
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No, They Can't Audiobook

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

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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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    Mark Northridge, CA, United States 05-04-12
    Mark Northridge, CA, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Thank you for this informative book."

    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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Will 05-22-12
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    "The case for a small government"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    george 07-30-12
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    "Stossel's right on target again!"
    Would you listen to No, They Can't again? Why?

    Yes! It's worth repeating just in case I missed or forgot some points.


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

    I like his delivery, on TV and this audio book. I'm glad he read it himself.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-15-12
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    "excellent read/or listen."
    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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    Dr. T. Austin Central IL USA 04-13-16
    Dr. T. Austin Central IL USA 04-13-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book by Mr. Stossel! "

    This is an awesome book which makes me proud to refer to myself as a Libertarian!

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    Richard 03-29-16
    Richard 03-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Spectacular"
    Where does No, They Can't rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    Jon 01-10-16
    Jon 01-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An Informative Listen"

    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.

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    Scott 07-07-15
    Scott 07-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!"

    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.

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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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