In Give Me a Break, Stossel takes on the regulators, lawyers, and politicians who thrive on our hysteria about risk and deceive the public in the name of safety. Drawing on his vast professional experience (as well as some personal ones), Stossel presents an engaging, witty, and thought-provoking argument about the beneficial powers of the free market and free speech.
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.
- أن الابتزاز في الأسعار جيد للمستهلكين؟
- وأن المدارس الحكومية لا تحتاج إلى أموال أكثر؟
- وأن الراتب الأدنى الحكومي يزعج الفقراء من الناس؟
- وأنه لا يوجد وباء سرطان؟
هذا يبدو جنوناً، أليس كذلك؟ ولكن محامي المستهلكين معد برنامـج 20/20 جون ستوسل يدعم ذلك، إنه يفسر أن الكثير مما نسمع، وما تقوله وسائل الإعلام عبارة عن خرافات.
كم من أنواع الغباء أنت تتجرع؟ هل تشتري زجاجة ماء بدلاً من أن تشرب من الصنبور؟ هل تحاول أن تبقى نحيفاً بأن تمتنع عن تناول الطعام ليلاً؟ هل تعتقد أن الرجال أفضل من النساء في قيادة المركبات؟ قد تعير انتباهك, حين تسمع خبير التلفاز ينصح لك أي أسهم تشتري، وحين تسمع أن ألعاب الفيديو تسبب العنف. وتقلق حين تعلم أن المعلمين لا يتقاضون أجراً عادلاً. هيئ نفسك لأن تكون مندهشاً وغاضباً حين تعلم أن الحكمة الشائعة العامة هي غالباً خطأ.
وسواء كانت خرافة أو كذبة أو مجرد غباء، فإن محامي المستهلكين وصاحب أكثر الكتب مبيعاً المؤلف جون ستوسل يتصدى إلى تلك القضايا. متواضعاً أو جريئاً لا يخشى أن ينقب بالرفش في ركام القمامة؛ ليصل إلى الحقيقة.
Emmy Award-winning journalist John Stossel is a self-proclaimed skeptic, attacking society's sacred cows. Now, he dismantles the most sacred of them all: the notion that government action is the best way to solve a problem.
From the myth that government can spend its way out of a crisis to the mistaken belief that labor unions protect workers, Stossel, a true libertarian, provides evidence that the reality is very different from what intuition tells us. His evidence leads to the taboo conclusions that:
· Government already dominates health care—and that’s the problem
· The state keeps banning foods, but food bans don't make us healthier
· Government-run schools and teachers’ unions haven’t made kids smarter
Utilizing his three decades in journalism, Stossel combines sharp insights, common sense, and documented facts to debunk conventional wisdom and challenge popular opinion about the role of our nation’s government.
When he hit the airwaves thirty years ago, Stossel chased snake-oil peddlers, rip-off artists, and corporate thieves, winning the applause of his peers.
But along the way, he noticed that there was something far more troublesome going on: While the networks screamed about the dangers of coffee pots, worse risks were ignored.
In Give Me a Break, Stossel explains how ambitious bureaucrats, intellectually lazy reporters, and greedy lawyers make your life worse even as they claim to protect your interests. Taking on such sacred cows as the FDA, the War on Drugs, and scare-mongering environmental activists -- and backing up his trademark irreverence with careful reasoning and research -- he shows how the problems that government tries and fails to fix can be solved better by the extraordinary power of the free market.
He traces his journey from cub reporter to 20/20 co-anchor, revealing his battles to get his ideas to the public, his struggle to overcome stuttering, and his eventual realization that, for years, much of his reporting missed the point.
Stossel concludes the book with a modest proposal for change. It's a simple plan in the spirit of the Founding Fathers to ensure that America remains a place "where free minds -- and free markets -- make good things happen."