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- Publisher: Harper Perennial; 2 edition (January 25, 2005)
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John Stossel is co-anchor of ABC's 20/20. He also hosts ABC's John Stossel Specials reports for ABC radio, and ABCNews.com. A graduate of Princeton University, Stossel lives in New York City with his wife and two children. He devotes his time to beach volleyball, youth soccer, and his family.
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"The regulators believe zero risk is possible, and given the chance, they will bankrupt the world trying to achieve it. The cost and the delays don't worry them: They're doing this for your own good." - from GIVE ME A BREAK
"Businesses often twist science to make money. Lawyers do it to win cases. Political activists distort science to fit their agenda, bureaucrats to protect their turf. Reporters keep falling for it ... Scientists sometimes go along with it because they like being famous." - from GIVE ME A BREAK
"... the busybodies who want to run other people's lives have more political clout. They make the rules because they lobby harder than the people who just want to be left alone. And in the political arena, the winners get to tell everyone else what they can do." - from GIVE ME A BREAK
The author of GIVE ME A BREAK, John Stossel, began life as an Emmy-winning but naïve television journalist. Then, as he describes in the book, he got street-smart and evolved into a libertarian. Now, he criticizes Big Government, and he doesn't win Emmy awards anymore. There's a moral there somewhere.
In a nutshell, GIVE ME A BREAK is Stossel's explanation of how special interest groups distort facts to further their agendas. Then of course, the biggest special interest group of them all, the Government, uses its power to force its agenda on you, depriving you of choices, confiscating your money, and reducing the efficiency of the free enterprise system.
This book, like Squeezed: Rear-Ended by American Politics by J.C. Bourque, is a rant that will justifiably make you - if you have libertarian tendencies - mad. Unfortunately, if you'd rather spend the energy not on getting mad but getting even, neither really tell you how. But, both volumes are entertaining and enlightening in the short run.
John Stossel basically pioneered ambush journalism, where he and a lone cameraman would turn up at a crooked business and confront the shady owner. This shock style of confrontation is normal now, but back in the 70's it was new. He made a career out of attacking exploitation by big business and crooks.
But in this book he explains that over time his opinion of the real causes of injustice and unfairness began to change with constant exposure to these incidents.
He made the great intellectual leap that most economists and political commentators never want to take; that the source of big business exploitation almost always comes from the coercive power of the State (state-monopoly capitalism), not from free and voluntary exchange between individuals (free-market capitalism).
Here is where John Stossel diverges from the path of journalistic commentators, where he realizes that State enforced regulations were the main cause of injustice and hurt the little guy.
In example after example, John shows that what we think of as regulations designed to 'protect' the consumer, are actually laws written by big business itself, to monopolize markets, create barriers to entry for competitors, and stifle any genuine competition. Behind all of this is the hidden hand of government, interfering in voluntary exchange between private citizens, for the benefit of crony capitalists.
Contrary to popular belief, almost all regulations passed by government are enthusiastically promoted by big business. But even in cases of laws passed due to genuine public outrage, big business knows that over time, the regulatory board will become filled with their own industry experts, and then become a toothless tiger, protecting the status-quo. This is a process known in political terms as 'regulatory capture'.
John Stossel also talks about his reputation over his career, in that when he was criticizing private business he was a hero to the liberal and progressive crowd. But once he moved his criticism to law regulations and the government itself, he became enemy number one. Due to his experiences over many years of investigating corruption, Stossel became a Libertarian. If you ever have misconceptions about the Libertarian political movement, and think it is about supporting big business capitalism, then this book will be enlightening.
I know John has no interest in public office, but it is my hope that others who are moved and persuaded by his common sense ideas will take it to heart and run for office with his philosophy as the core of their platforms.
Absolutely love that John has joined the Fox Business Network and watch his show religiously as well as read his almost daily postings on his Fox Business News Blog. Check it out!
He joins other contrarian voices like Beck, Dobbs, and others who are upsetting the system and liberal, big government spenders, but doing their best to wake America up!