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Apr 11

No They Can't: Why Government Fails - But Individuals Succeed

Central planning sounds right. It feels good. But it has nothing to do with the realities of economics and science. There is nothing that government can do that we cannot do better as free individuals – and as groups of individuals, working together voluntarily, not at the point of a gun or under threat of a fine. Without big government, our possibilities are limitless.

In No, They Can’t: Why Government Fails – but Individuals Succeed, John Stossel argues: there ought not to be a law. He explains how politicians promise to solve problems by passing laws, but the laws invariably make our problems worse. Why don’t we learn? Because our brains don’t intuit well about complex situations, he argues. After thousands of years of taking orders from tribal elders, after years of obeying our parents, we are programmed to think that anytime there is a problem, whether it is companies going bankrupt or schools keeping kids stupid, government action is the way to solve it. Using his decades of reporting, he tackles how those intuitive, knee-jerk reactions lead us astray.

John Stossel – New York Times bestselling author – hosts his own one-hour weekly Fox Business Network show, Stossel, and a series of one-hour specials on Fox News. He also appears regularly Tuesdays on The O’Reilly Factor and on other Fox News shows. Stossel 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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