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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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    What did you love best about No, They Can't?

    John narrates the book which makes it easy to listen to and very enjoyable. If you believe in free markets and capitalism you have to listen to this book. If not, still listen and I'm sure you will change your mind.


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    What did you love best about No, They Can't?

    Stossel is great. He professes to be a stutterer! He's one of the best readers out there! The content and the quality of the delivery can't be beat!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's dead on. I wish everyone would read this book!


    Have you listened to any of John Stossel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not chosen any of Stossel's other audio titles, but I shall shortly remedy that.


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    This book is well-researched, makes convincing arguments, and is entertaining to listen to. The narration is excellent as well.

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    I stand corrected...common sense is NOT dead, as I feared. John Stossel for President! He is more cognitively analytical than both of the Presidential candidates combined.

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    If you liked his first book, "Give Me a Break", then you are probably gonna really enjoy this one as well. Lots of specific examples, with great common sense logic based arguments. Plus, Stossel is his own narrator, and I enjoy the measured, even way he speaks, so that was another plus.

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    People do not realize how much they are lulled into believing that big government is good government (both Republicans and Democrats). Finally there is someone looking at our country without politically tinted glasses. A real eye opener. Both Tea Party and Occupiers will find this book enlightening. If everyone read this book our country would be a lot better off.

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    What made the experience of listening to No, They Can't the most enjoyable?

    Stossel's direct way of speaking is a breath of fresh air.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His discussion of how seemingly plausible ideas fall to pieces when implemented by a central government.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Intuition vs experience.


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    I teach college economics and I will be assigning this book to my students in the future. John Stossel doesn't disappoint as a writer or narrator. I think this is the best new book out there that uses good (as opposed to bad) economic theory to describe some of the most controversial topics in present day politics. Most people don't understand economics, especially the general public. Even many who are authoring books on the economic crisis, health care, and various other important topics do not seem to have ever had basic economics. John Stossel covers all the big topics while sharing his life experiences. These experiences have taught him one of the most important lessons in economics - things are not always what they seem. Once you understand basic economics, things start to look completely different. You start to see reality rather than fantasy. Kudos, John.

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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.

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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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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