Sunday, 02 July, 2006

Give Me a Break

I just finished John Stossel's book, Give Me a Break : How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media...,, in which he describes how he got started in consumer reporting and how he came to learn that often (perhaps most often) it's government regulation and government programs--rather than "big business"--that are the real scams and cheats.  More than anything, his research confirms my own:  we'd be much better off if government was much smaller and less intrusive.  He also confirms something that I've long suspected:  the Left, for all of its claims of tolerance, is decidedly intolerant of any ideas that contradict theirs.

All in all, I'd say that Give Me a Break is a better book than Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity, which I mentioned a few weeks ago.  They're both good books and I'd recommend both, but if you can only read one, read Give Me a Break.

I learned from Stossel's book that Peter McWilliams passed away several years ago.  Peter was an author and a pioneer in the "book on demand" field.  My knowledge of his writing was limited mostly to his book Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do, which I bought in hardcover back in 1993 or so.  It's nice to see that his books live on in traditional print and also in full-text form on the Web.