No They Can’t: Why Government Fails – But Individuals Succeed


No They Can’t: Why Government Fails – But Individuals Succeed


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.

Additional information

Weight 1.2 lbs

9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 in


John Stossel


336 pages


Threshold Editions

Publication Date

April 10, 2012


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