Rebecca Hagelin

My teenage son Nick is smacked in the face with liberal, socialist dogma every day of his life. The notion that Big Daddy Government can take care of everyone, natural disasters and all of mankind’s ills is commonly accepted in his generation, because that’s the message the modern culture shoves down their throats.

It’s no wonder John Stossel’s book “Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity” is Nick’s new “textbook” for fighting ignorance.

Just released in paperback after its status as a New York Times best-seller in hardback last year, “Myths” is the best graduation gift you could buy for any kid headed off to that bastion of liberal dogma -- the American college campus.

But don’t take this old woman’s word for it. Nick thinks everyone should read the book. This bright kid often serves as my personal lab for how various products appeal (or don’t) to young adults. After eagerly consuming most of the book in one sitting, Nick was emboldened and equipped to challenge the status quo in his senior high-government class, and he had fun doing it.

Buy a copy for yourself, too. John Stossel has created a fun, bold, in-your-face handbook that debunks much of the ignorance that often fills adult conversation. “Myths” is also frighteningly entertaining. Stossel so easily trashes “common wisdom,” it’s downright scary the nonsense many Americans have been led to believe.

Fans of “20/20” have come to expect Stossel’s bold exposes and confrontations of liberal shenanigans. But if you think he’s fun to watch on television, you should experience him in action before a live audience.

Stossel recently spoke at The Heritage Foundation about his book and showed, once again, that he is an anomaly among network anchors and investigative reporters. He had the conviction and nerve to proclaim, “The free market makes everything better,” “Stop taking for granted the miracles of capitalism” and “Government holds people back.” Of course, he provided fact after fact to illustrate his declarations.

You find “brash” statements and documentation on every page of “Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity.”

Stossel’s willingness to be courageous has not been without personal cost. As a young reporter on a mission to expose the ills of business and competition, John was showered with 19 Emmy awards before his own reporting convinced him that people and nations thrive in free markets. He hasn’t taken home one Emmy since.

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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