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No, They Can't: Why Government Fails-But Individuals Succeed [Kindle Edition]

John Stossel
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"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

"I love No They Can't.  This book sends a message that people need to read.”--Senator Mike Lee

"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

“Is there anything for a reader already on the capitalist side to learn from yet another one of these books? Yes there is.” --Future of Capitalism

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 982 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; Reprint edition (April 10 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GG0N2I
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #546,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stossel on politics May 28 2012
By Kroket
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"No They Can't" is John Stossel's reply to Barack Obama's "Yes We Can" slogan when he ran for president in 2008. Stossel has had a distinguished career as a one-man consumer advocate on ABC's 20/20 and now on Fox News, exposing all kinds of frauds and misconceptions. This book has more to do with politics and springs forth from his libertarian political philosophy. Though Stossel started originally on the left political spectrum, admiring Ralph Nader initially, he gradually moved to the right yet kept his consumer advocacy leanings. In this book he examines misconceptions people have about the limits of what government can do and he leans toward the conclusion that most problems can better be solved by free market forces rather than the government.

This book is particularly timely, while government policies are becoming increasingly erratic and irresponsible. Anyone who has followed the financial developments of the last couple of years, with the subprime mortgages, the housing bubble, the bailouts, the rising debts of not just the US government but also the Eurozone, must be wondering how long this can last. Are we heading for a financial disaster, and if so, is there still time to avert it? In a recent interview about his book with Peter Robinson on "Uncommon Knowledge," Stossel expressed the hope that "No They Can't" would be adopted by the Tea Partiers. If so, the book may well have an impact on this year's US election.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading Aug. 30 2012
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This book should be required reading in high school. It shows how America achieved greatness, how it is losing it, and how to repair the damage. Lots of clear examples and a masterful display of rational thinking written in a very readable form by a very knowledgeable man. This book is not an attack on a political party, although there is lots of blame to go around , it is an attack on a system that has run amok, growing government to a size that is unsustainable. You will find yourself referring this book to your friends and family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stossel to the rescue Sept. 7 2013
By Mickey
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Once again Stossel slays the dragon of political correctness, exposing the fallacies, myths and idiocies that pass for receive wisdoms among the ranks of 'progressive' Americans
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read April 25 2015
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As a middle-class citizen, it's easy to vote for increasing taxes for the rich but this book has changed my mind on how the government should be involved in almost anything. I don't entirely agree with everything he says and you may also disagree but this is worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book June 2 2014
By dennyp
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My wife and I played it on a trip from Canada to California. Very interesting and well well worth it.
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