No, They Can't Why Government Fails-But Individuals Succeed by John Stossel

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Unfortunately, comprehensiveness and rigor are competing qualities in a book of this length...Mr. Stossel makes little attempt to consider contradictory evidence or really dig into the data.
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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 bestselling 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’s 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.
 

About John Stossel

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New York Times bestselling author John Stossel hosts his own one-hour weekly Fox Business Network show, called Stossel, and a series of one-hour specials on Fox News. He also appears regularly on The O’Reilly Factor and on other Fox News shows. During three decades in journalism, Stossel has received numerous honors and awards. He is a nineteen-time Emmy winner and a five-time honoree for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Threshold Editions. 336 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Washington Times

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Reviewed by Robert VerBruggen on Nov 09 2012

Unfortunately, comprehensiveness and rigor are competing qualities in a book of this length...Mr. Stossel makes little attempt to consider contradictory evidence or really dig into the data.

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Future Of Capitalism

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Reviewed by Ira Stoll on Apr 09 2012

It's an accessible and clearly written defense of free markets and economic freedom that comes at a time when we sure can use it.

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Ideal Taxes Association

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Reviewed by Raymond Richman on May 29 2012

A self-described libertarian, he attacks popular fallacies of the right, the left, and center. His book is must reading for everyone regardless of political persuasion because he forces the reader to think for himself to sustain his beliefs.

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John's Space

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Reviewed by John on May 21 2012

I thought the book might be rehashed scripts of his TV shows but I have found it to be a fresh, reasoned discussion even if the topics are similar.

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The Blog for Truth, Justice, & the Josh Way

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Reviewed by Josh Harding on May 02 2012

It’s not the end-all be-all for libertarianism, but hopefully would spur readers’ interest in exploring more substantive analysis of public policy from a libertarian perspective.

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Accuracy in Academia

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Reviewed by Jocelyn Grecko on Apr 12 2012

His book highlights more information on how voluntary networks and entrepreneurs solve problems – but only if given the freedom to do so. As for the government, it’s evident to him, “No, they can’t. We can.”

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