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Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel - Why Everything You Know is Wrong Paperback – Bargain Price, May 1, 2007
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He does a very good job detailing the latter two examples. The book is a loose collection of many ideas organized around a few unifying themes. Even though I don't have kids, I found the chapter on child raising myths written from the authors own perspective very worthwhile. Also, I think most will find his investigation into creating happiness & his discussion on the nature & power of forgiveness very crucial food for thought. The only negative I found was the authors going on too long in expressing the less salient points. On the whole he reached his goal to get the reader to consider every angle of an issue before making a decision. A solid four stars.
We in America may think sweat shops are terrible, but in 3rd world countries they are huge opportunities for the poor to make a living wage (for their country) as opposed to digging through dumps for scraps.(This is the same opinion a read in a Economics book in 2006).
We may think that loosing our manufacturing jobs to China is terrible for the workers, but the outsourcing creates white collar jobs in our country and lowers the consumer goods index dramatically for the poor so they can afford shoes and clothing that was much more expensive in the past. The truth is that the vast majority of laid off workers end up in better jobs.
Price gouging is good in emergency areas because it inspires the goods to get to where they need to be, with out motivation it can take years to get roofs fixed in a hurricane damaged area based on not having enough roofers. If they could charge more they would come from other parts of the country and the supply and demand would decide what the price would be.
Parents should teach their kids to think not to obey. Consequences are a great teacher.Read more ›
The section on brand name vs. non-brand products was excellent. My daughter performed a similar taste test for her science fair project revealing that people mostly buy for image and belief purposes and less for taste and quality purposes. John's findings were in the same line and should be read by everyone. The fact that New York City tap water beat out EVIAN should really make the world feel NAIVE (EVIAN backwards) about making their product the number one bottled water. Particularly since a chemical analysis showed the water was no more pure or healthy than what came out of the NYC pipes.
Great book. I really believe you don't know everything you need to know if you haven't read this book.
The book's not perfect, though. Stossel occasionally makes statements without backing them up at all with objective fact. Don't take this book as infallible- question it, just as you should question anything ANY media person says. Stossel admits he's been wrong himself in the past, even working hand in hand with the forces he now works to expose. This book isn't a perfect testament to a free market and limited government. What it DOES do is make a solid argument for restraining the power of government and especially of lawyers- and give the reader a trail to follow to learn more about HUNDREDS of examples of how modern common sense is utterly mistaken.
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if you don't know what a libertarian is (most people don't) ....read this bookPublished 5 months ago by Victor K.
Stossel is the man. Great read. He brings a fresh perspective to topics often brushed overPublished 6 months ago by Jack S
Lots of nonsense. Contains as many lies and stupidity as the people and ideas it criticizes.Published 9 months ago by AndThen
Years ago, I owned this book and print. I loved it. So much so, that I decided to buy it again when I purchased a Kindle. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jeffrey L. Wilson