John Stossel: “Market discipline is the only real protection”

Somehow libertarian John Stossel survived over 20 years at ABC before finally making it over to Fox. The man who Glenn described as, “one of my favorite guys on TV,” joined Glenn this morning on radio to discuss his new book, No They Can’t: Why Government Fails and Individuals Succeed.

Of the 28 years that Stossel spent at ABC, 20 of them were as a libertarian fighting the left and big government. John told Glenn that had “enough of winning Emmy awards and bashing business – I want to explain how government is the bigger problem …and that fight went on for 20 years.”

John’s new book explains a fascinating new theory: small government goes against intuition.

“They no they can't is a reaction to the Obama campaign’s "yes we can",” John told Glenn, “and that came to mean government – and I do think that's instinctive. When we're scared we think we have to turn to government for a solution.”

Stossel used the example of September 11th. “After September 11th I was scared in New York, and they said “we have to have government run airline security.” That made sense to me,” he told Glenn.

He went on to explain that the Senate voted 100 to 0 to federalize the TSA, which we now know isn’t very good. “People don’t know that it [the TSA] costs ten times the old screener costs,” John explained.

Stossel continued this point by using the example of San Francisco, the one big city that still allows the use of private screeners. The screeners are more friends and the lines move more quickly.

“By the TSA’s own tests they find more contraband,” he said. “They’re just better, because they’re a private company, and they don’t want to lose the contract and they do things like run contests for their screeners. It’s great.”

“You could have given me a $1 million. You could have put a $1 million prize. I could have polled the audience and phoned a friend, and we still wouldn’t have been able to guess which city has privatized security being San Francisco,” Glenn said. “How in the hell did that happen?”

John explained that the airport manager in that city just so happened to be the first to use the clause in the law that allows cities to opt out. The TSA has since begun to ignore this requests cities are putting in for the clause, because so many want to opt-out.

“Glacier national park in Montana, where they have triple the amount of traffic in summer, the TSA doesn't adjust the work force,” John said, “it’s a government bureaucracy.”

“You say intuition says corporations are out of control, and government has to police them,” Glenn said to John.

John explained that on the surface it seems much more complicated that market forces could protect you. It seems much easier that corporations need to be controlled so that they don’t go out of control. But, that’s not the case. The corporations get out of control when they don’t reap any of the consequences of their actions. “If they’re out of control, if they hurt their customers, they shrink – they go out of business,” John said.

“That makes sense,” Glenn said. “Because the financial sector is out of control, but it would have solved itself if they would have collapsed back in ’08. They would have learned their lesson.”

“And the investors would have been wiser,” Stossel added. “Market discipline is the only real protection.”

Glenn agreed with John, but no one is getting this message across to the American people.

“If it goes against intuition and the media will not put reasonable people on—maybe there's a flash of light here and there like you were on the ABC—but you can't get into the system to say the American people, ‘look I know your gut says this, but it's the wrong way to go.’ How do you change that? How do you get people to say I want small government?” Glenn asked John.

“I think there's one simple way,” John answered. “You give all your friends a copy of No They Can’t: Why Government Fails and Individuals Succeed.”

“So your book is the key to happiness, and Utopia?” Pat joked. “Wow.”

“It's a Libertarian's dream, and something that we need to read, understand and be able to explain to our friends,” Glenn concluded, “because their gut will tell them the opposite way to go.”

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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