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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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    Corinne Timmons-Brieker Myrtle Beach, SC, USA 08-03-12
    Corinne Timmons-Brieker Myrtle Beach, SC, USA 08-03-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Makes so much sense, you'll want more"
    What did you love best about No, They Can't?

    Made me want to learn about Libertarianism.


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

    My next book was "Liberty Defined" by Ron Paul, then "Free to Choose," by Milton & Rose Friedman.


    Which character – as performed by John Stossel – was your favorite?

    Very easy listen, very entertaining.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nothing


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this audiobook and highly recommend it.

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    george 07-30-12
    george 07-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    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.


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    sam Anchorage, AK, United States 07-09-12
    sam Anchorage, AK, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2006

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    "They can't do it, not Congress, not the President"

    Our government tries. Our leaders intentions are good. But they (our government) have built a system so caught up in favoring one over the other while call it fairness, or safety, or whatever other term is in vogue that rights now belong to corporations not individuals. Help is not assistance it is a prop.

    YOU can overcome the obstacles. YOU can do what the government can't. John's stories and ideas actually gave me more hope, a fresher perspective, and made me wonder..."Am I a Libertarian"?

    Like any book read by the author the pace and timing are flawless. Inflection and emphasis I can only assume is placed exactly where John wanted it.

    I found this an interesting read that made me think and gave me conversational fodder for my Red and Blue friends alike.

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    Jeremy Easton, Pa, United States 06-24-12
    Jeremy Easton, Pa, United States 06-24-12

    Husband, Father, attorney, veteran, libertarian.

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    "Classic Stossel Good theme - intuition v reality"
    Where does No, They Can't rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top third. Nothing really earth-shatteringly new in the book but he delivers the material in a nice package to see the contrast between top-down planners and the bottom-up liberty perspective.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He sticks with a theme of intuition tells us 'X' but reality tells me 'Y' that he uses to debunk the planners/statists/socialists theories.


    What about John Stossel’s performance did you like?

    Nice even delivery with enough emphasis or emotion to show he is into the subject but not distracting.


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    Lyle Houston, TX, United States 06-17-12
    Lyle Houston, TX, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    I actually enjoyed this book, since I am very much in agreement with Mr. Stossel on most things. I recommend it for those with a small-government mentality if they want to listen to something they already agree with, but I don't have any illusions that it will be particularly persuasive to anyone else.

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    Donald 07-30-12
    Donald 07-30-12
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    "Thought provoking,but humerous."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    At first the book seems tongue in cheek, but when you think about what John is saying you say - wow


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No, They Can't?

    John's repeated demonstation of what govenment does and what they should not do - legally.


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

    emotion - having the auther read is great


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

    There are lots of tidbits and that is why I have not earase the book - must listen to again


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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