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COMMENTARY BY JOHN STOSSEL

  • Raping Culture By John Stossel

    A new documentary calls colleges like Harvard and Notre Dame "The Hunting Ground," where rapists prey on women. A bipartisan group of senators demand new rules to "curb campus sexual assaults."

    Apparently, new laws are needed because at colleges, sexual assault is "epidemic." Rape is so common that there is a "rape culture."

  • Kochs and Unions by John Stossel

    Lots of people sure hate the Koch brothers.

  • No Gatekeepers by John Stossel

    For years, people assumed encyclopedias had to be created by professionals. Then Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales attempted to create an encyclopedia without central planners.

  • Spontaneous Order by John Stossel

    Most of life happens without a central planner. Yet people think we need one.

  • Parasites By John Stossel

    Politicians and lawyers pretend that they are important people doing important work. But often they're important because they are parasites. They feed off others, while creating no wealth of their own.  

  • Owning Ideas by John Stossel

    For most of history, people suffered in miserable poverty.

    Then, in a few hundred years, some new ideas made life hugely better for billions of us -- things like running water, the printing press, the steam engine, electricity, the Internet.

    We want people to keep coming up with new and better ideas. But there's a problem: Why would you bother to spend years inventing something if other people can just steal your idea? Who will devote years and millions of dollars to making a big movie? Or a dozen years and billions of dollars to bringing a new drug to market? Almost no one.

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  • Restate of the Union by John Stossel

    President Obama sure is consistent. His State of the Union address sounded like his other speeches: What I've done is great! America is in a much better position. We've created a manufacturing sector that's adding jobs. More oil is produced at home. I cut deficits in half!

  • The Better Option by John Stossel

    It's easy to "fire" a business that rips you off. Just go to a different one. It's a lot easier to patronize another business than to get government to fix the problem.

  • Trust by John Stossel

    Trust -- society depends on it.

  • Ignorance By John Stossel

    No wonder Cuba wallows in poverty.

    Last week, the New York Times reported that the Castro brothers opened a special business zone where foreign companies "would be given greater control over setting wages at factories. ... (P)roposals would be approved or rejected within 60 days."

    What? If I want to give someone a raise, I have to wait up to two months for government approval! That's absurd.