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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 societys 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 Cant, 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 todays 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 governments 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, “Its not about electing the right people. Its about narrowing responsibilities.” No, They Cant is an irrefutable first step toward that goal.
"This thought-provoking exploration of the way women's expanding roles in the workplace is changing their lives at home is sure to create a stir. Journalist Mundy, author of a recent biography of Michelle Obama, has conducted extensive interviews around the U.S. with women (and men) who candidly spoke about their changing needs and desires in romantic relationships. 'We are entering the era in which roles will flip,' she writes. Mundy is adept at teasing out the various dilemmas and situations that will result if women do continue their path of usurpation in education and the workplace: will women divorce underperforming husbands who don't hold up their share of the work, at home or on the job? Will they be able to let go of the role of 'gatekeeper' of the home and turn it over to their husbands? Will men learn to cede the traditional breadwinner role to more-qualified wives? In addition to the reconfiguration of economic and domestic mores, Mundy also posits that the 'Big Flip' will drastically affect perceptions of gender roles and biological proclivities. Her tone is pleasingly optimistic, but Mundy occasionally overreaches with broad generalizations, such as her assertion that for 'today's self-sufficient, economically providing women, a man who fishes and hunts will have the same elemental sex appeal he has had since the beginning of time.' Readable and poignant, Mundy's latest is the perfect starting-point for this timely conversation. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Liza Mundy has written a visionary, optimistic, inspiring book about the future of gender relations in America. She writes with verve, rigor and a keen sense for the unexpected. This is the rare book about the future that not only tells you where we’re headed by why we should want to arrive.” —Steve Coll, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and president of the New America Foundation
“Liza Mundy has done something remarkable: she has taken all the major social and economic threads of the past decade, and woven them into a tapestry that explains, well . . . everything. About love, and sex, and family, and work, and the past and the future, and men and women and children. And she has not only written a book that’s important, but also one that's a great read.” —Lisa Belkin, author of First, Do No Harm and Life’s Work
“It is an exciting time to witness changing standards in family life: women in charge, men raising babies, both longing for passion and affection. In The Richer Sex, Liza Mundy asks the poignant questions of how and why these changes are occurring. She deftly examines who wins, who loses, and who is left on the battlefields of love, sex, and money.” —Dr. Justin R. Garcia, author and Research Fellow, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction
“Will the world change once women make up the majority of breadwinners? It assuredly will, and Liza Mundy gives us a fascinating advance report on the sweeping transformations—in romance, economics, politics and family life—headed our way. They will make all our lives better, and Mundy is the first to bring us the good news.” —Annie Murphy Paul, author of Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives
"A fascinating look at a trend that promises major social changes." —Booklist
“This thought-provoking exploration of the way women's expanding roles in the workplace is changing their lives at home is sure to create a stir. . . . Readable and poignant, Mundy's latest is the perfect starting-point for this timely conversation.” —Publishers Weekly
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“Ambitious . . . Separating The Richer Sex from earlier manifestos and exposés about women . . . is Mundy’s fresh reporting and the reams of new social science research she summarizes to make her case.” —Rachel Shteir, The New York Times Book Review
Bestselling journalist Liza Mundy’s smart, deeply reported analysis of the most important cultural shift since the rise of feminism: the coming era in which women will earn more than men, and how this will change work, love, and sex.
A revolution is under way. Within a generation, more households will be supported by women than by men. In The Richer Sex
, Liza Mundy shows how this reality will transform the sexual, dating, marriage, and work habits of men and women worldwide.
This flip in the economic order is inevitable, and Mundy demonstrates why it will also be a good thing for individuals and families. Both sexes will be free for the first time to make purely romantic choices—ones that have nothing to do with marriage as an economic partnership.
The Richer Sex demonstrates that a growing number of men will be attracted to women because of their success, and women are finding value in new realms of male endeavor, like supportiveness, parenting, protection, and help around the house. Women will behave more like men sexually, and men will yearn more for intimate connections with their partners. Couples will choose who in the partnership must assume the responsibility of primary earner, and who gets to have the freedom of being the slow-track partner. Kids of stay-at-home dads and female breadwinners will love the role reversal, and the global marriage market will become one enormous and wild merry-go-round as men and women try to match expectations.
The first in-depth examination of this cataclysmic social revolution, The Richer Sex is one of those rare nonfiction books that will cause men and women to rethink how they are living their lives and what the changes around them mean.
A revolution is under way.
Within a generation, more households will be supported by women than by men. In The Richer Sex, Liza Mundy takes us to the exciting frontier of this new economic order: she shows us why this flip is inevitable, what painful adjustments will have to be made along the way, and how both men and women will feel surprisingly liberated in the end.
The bestselling author and Washington Post writer goes deep inside the lives of the couples on this cutting edge to paint of picture of how dating, marriage, and home life are changing. How does this new generation of breadwomen navigate paying for a night on the town? In whose interest is it to delay commitment? Are men for the first time thinking of marriage the way women used to—as a bet on the economic potential of a spouse? In this new world of men marrying up, are women learning to value new realms of male endeavor—like parenting, protection, and a margarita at the ready?
The future is here, with couples today debating who must assume the responsibility of primary earner and who gets the freedom of being the slow track partner. With more men choosing to stay home, Mundy shows how that lifestyle has achieved a higher status and all the ways males have found to recover their masculinity. And the revolution is global: Mundy takes us from Japan to Denmark to show how both sexes are adapting as the marriage market has turned into a giant free-for-all, with men and women at different stages of this transformation finding partners in other countries who match their expectations.
The Richer Sex is a wild ride into the future, grounded in Mundy’s peerless journalism, and bound to cause women and men of all generations to rethink what this social upheaval will mean.
About the Author
Liza Mundy is the bestselling author of Michelle: A Biography and Everything Conceivable, and staff writer at The Washington Post, where for more than ten years she has covered politics, popular culture, and women's issues. She is a regular contributor to the online magazine Slate and participates in their women's blog, XX Factor. She has also written for Lingua Franca, Redbook, Mother Jones, Washington City Paper, and Washington Monthly. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband, Mark Bradley, and their two children, Anna and Robin.