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, gets a bit whiney at times, and beats up on his former employers a bit monotonously. However that is the worst thing I can say about this book. Stossel takes shots at the false left right dichotomy of the USA while making a great proletarian case for liberty and libertarianism. He does so by contrasting intuition with real-world results. If you read Libertarianism a Primer, by David Boaz you will not gain much new insight here, though your filed of view will expand as you will gain more examples. If you found teh above book too far embedded in philosophy and political science to be an easy read or listen, you will find Stossel covers the same basic ground in a more man-on-the-street format.Over all I rate this very well. Stossel makes a compelling case, and has good delivery overall.
Made me want to learn about Libertarianism.
My next book was "Liberty Defined" by Ron Paul, then "Free to Choose," by Milton & Rose Friedman.
Very easy listen, very entertaining.
I loved this audiobook and highly recommend it.
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.
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.
Husband, Father, attorney, veteran, libertarian.
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.
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.
Nice even delivery with enough emphasis or emotion to show he is into the subject but not distracting.
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.
At first the book seems tongue in cheek, but when you think about what John is saying you say - wow
John's repeated demonstation of what govenment does and what they should not do - legally.
emotion - having the auther read is great
There are lots of tidbits and that is why I have not earase the book - must listen to again
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