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No, They Can't Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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.

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    Dr. T. Austin Central IL USA 04-13-16
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jon 01-10-16
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny Tallapoosa, GA, United States 01-02-13
    Johnny Tallapoosa, GA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Milton Friedman on Steroids!"
    Would you listen to No, They Can't again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this book, if I had it to do over again. It would probably be good to re-listen to it every couple of years, because the issues raised in this book should be considered, even if you don't agree with everything it says. I wish it were required reading in our schools or colleges, and for members of congress and the President!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Over and over, Stossel raises the point that "intuition says ___________, but reality has shown ___________." This book forces the reader to consider downstream impacts and unintended consequences of governmental controls on society and individuals' personal lives.


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

    A tidbit that stood out most for me was Stossel's statement that 50% of home burglaries in UK and Canada occur when someone is home, verses only 12% in the US.


    Any additional comments?

    My son (a senior in college), was the one who suggested this book to me. He told me this book was "Milton Friedman on Steroids," so I have to give him credit for my review headline. I totally agree! This book just makes a lot of sense.

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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.


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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.

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    "Classical liberal case for limited government!"

    John Stossel does not make the academic libertarian/classical liberal case for limited government that Hayek, Mises, and Friedman make. Stossel makes the practical case using everyday examples. His book is a good practical complement to the works of the academics. That makes No, They Can't a must listen audiobook. I first listened to this book 4 years ago and it is worth listening to again and again.

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    Doctor Cain Honolulu, HI United States 03-14-17
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    "A great barometer for a persons political bias"

    I can talk about the ideas in this book for hours. In fact, I just finished my maybe 6th or 7th listen to this book because the arguments are, in my mind, very convincing. Mr. Stossel puts things in such an easy-to-understand, compelling way, only someone with an incredibly ideological bias (*cough-leftists-cough-the media-cough-cough*) would have difficulty understanding the premise of this book. Now that Obama is out out, and Trump is in, Republicans should take pause to consider more free market ideas as discussed in this book. The clock is ticking, guys.

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    Kim the Music Lover USA 02-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Interesting"

    This was a great look at our society from the perspective of a Libertarian. It goes through different scenarios where we see government and think, "Ah, this would be good to be run by the government" and then realizing that it isn't at all a good idea.

    Stossel reads the book and I am glad for that. It makes sense since these concepts are his, that he would be the one presenting them.

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    "Love his honesty"

    Stossel is a great narrorator, he is great to listen & learn from. I appreciate his honesty when he clearly states when he does & doesn't know something, and when he identifies his own limitations. If only more broadcasters would be so honest.

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