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No, They Can't: Why Government Fails -- But Individuals Succeedby John Stossel
Synopses & Reviews
New York Times bestselling journalist John Stossel shows how the expansion of government control is destructive for American society.
The government is not a neutral arbiter of truth. It never has been, and it never will be. Doubt everything. John Stossel does. A self-described skeptic, Stossel debunks the idea that our government can solve our problems. He 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. Topics include: the unreliable marriage between big business, the media, and unions; the myth of tax breaks and the ignorance of their advocates; federal regulations and the trouble they create for consumers; the problems (social and economic) generated by minimum-wage laws; the destructive daydreams of “health insurance for everyone”; 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. 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.
"Excellent...No They Can't shed[s] light on how nonsensical government…is way beyond what our constitution allows.” Sarah Palin
“As an introduction to a way of looking at the world, No, They Can't is superb. In about 300 highly readable pages, Mr. Stossel whips through countless topics, explaining for each why libertarians think the government does more harm than good.” The Washington Times
"One of the nation's most recognized advocates of free-markets and individualism, Stossel argues that we have to become reality-based skeptics and embrace facts rather than feel-good rhetoric and politically popular policies that simply don't work." David Harsanyi, Human Events
Politicians — and we voters — can dream of guaranteed incomes or green energy. But the mature response to cries of “Yes, we can!” should be “No, we cant” — not when “we” means government. There is nothing that government can do that we cannot do better as free individuals. — John Stossel in No, They Cant
John Stossel debunks the most revered of society's sacred cows in this spirited New York Times bestseller: our belief that government can solve our problems. Stossel insists that we discard the myth of the “perfect” government — left or right — and retrain our brain to rethink our lives as independent individuals in light of such topics as:
HEALTH CARE • DEFENSE SPENDING
JOB CREATION • GUN CONTROL
PUBLIC EDUCATION • ENERGY
MINIMUM-WAGE LAWS • CLIMATE CHANGE
THE NATIONAL DEBT • POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
THE ASSAULT ON FOOD . . . and much more!
About the Author
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.
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