Host of "Stossel" show on Fox Business channel and former ABC News correspondent for the "20/20" newsmagazine
John Stossel

John Frank Stossel (born 6 March 1947) is an American consumer television personality, author and libertarian pundit, known for his career on both ABC News and Fox Business Channel.


John Stossel - The Advocates
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Web Sites

Stossel In the Classroom
A project of the Center for Independent Thought, distributes Stossel's videos to high school classrooms

Web Pages

John Stossel - The Advocates
Biography, picture, quotes and resources
"John Stossel -- arguably the highest-profile libertarian journalist in the world -- joined Fox News Channel (FNC) and Fox Business Network (FBN), effective October 2009, to begin a weekly show that may well be the most consistent, intelligent, ongoing presentation of libertarian views in television history. Stossel said Fox offered him the opportunity to air his uncompromising libertarian viewpoint much more often than he was able to do at ABC."

Recent Column

Creators Syndicate


Clint Eastwood announces: I'm a "libertarian", Libertarian Party News, 18 Feb 1997
Libertarian Party press release based on Eastwood's response to a Playboy interview question: "How would you characterize yourself politically?"
"Eastwood joins a growing number of individuals in the entertainment industry who have identified themselves as libertarians. Included on that list are TV star John Laroquette, humorist Dave Barry, author P.J. O'Rourke, movie actor Russell Means, magician Jillette Penn, author Camille Paglia, TV reporter John Stossell, and comedian Dennis Miller."
John Stossel Gets a Break, by Tim Cavanaugh, 5 Mar 2004
John Stossel - Hero of the Day, The Daily Objectivist, 2000
Piercing through Myths, Lies, and Stupidity, by George Leef, Future of Freedom, Aug 2006
"John Stossel, anchor of the ABC News program 20/20, is a rarity among the ranks of American media personalities. He's a skeptic when it comes to everything except freedom. ... Over the years, he has made a very good career in TV journalism, poking holes in the self-inflated posturing of union leaders, environmental zealots, businessmen who demand government favors, and, most of all, politicians."


UpdComplex Societies Need Simple Laws: We need to end the orgy of rule-making at once and embrace the simple rules that true liberals like America's founders envisioned, 15 Mar 2012
Reflects on the "uncountable" number of laws and regulations in the United States as well as Britain, and elicits the views of Laozi, Hayek, Buchanan and Mises in favor of ending "the orgy of rule-making"
"We have 160,000 pages of rules from the feds alone. States and localities have probably doubled that. We have so many rules that legal specialists can't keep up. Criminal lawyers call the rules 'incomprehensible.' They are. They are also 'uncountable.' Congress has created so many criminal offenses that the American Bar Association says it would be futile to even attempt to estimate the total. So what do the politicians and bureaucrats of the permanent government do? They pass more rules."
Related Topics: Economics, Lǎozǐ, Law, Society
Confessions of a Welfare Queen: How rich bastards like me rip off taxpayers for millions of dollars, Reason, Mar 2004
You Can't Say That!: What's Happening to Free Speech?, 23 Mar 2000
Stossel chat with viewers of the subject ABC News Special Report
"... Stossel points out that free speech is integral to liberty and progress in America and that the answer to hateful speech is more speech rather than restrictive laws."
Related Topic: Freedom of Speech


Into it: John Stossel, by John Stossel, Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Jun 2006
"I pay more so my kid can get a private-school education. But then I discovered that the government schools are spending, on average, $10,000 per student. That's $200,000 plus per classroom. I would think I could hire three teachers to do a better job for that money. But government monopolies squander that money."
Risky Journalism: ABC's John Stossel bucks a fearful establishment, by John Stossel, Jacob Sullum, Reason, Apr 1997
"I believe, just as Jefferson did, that less government is good government, and as George Washington did, that government is not reason or persuasion, government is force. ... government ... has grown over 100 years from 1 or 2 percent of the GDP to about 36 percent of the GDP. ..."

Books Authored

Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media..., 2004


Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death?, ABC News Special, 21 Apr 1994

Greed, 3 Feb 1998
Help Me, I Can't Help Myself, 20/20, 21 Apr 2003
Hype, 12 Jul 2002

Is America # One?, 19 Sep 1999
ABC News special; starts by comparing the U.S., India and Hong Kong and then posits reasons for prosperity in the U.S.
Related Topic: United States
John Stossel Goes to Washington, 27 Jan 2001
Related Topic: Washington, D.C.
Junk Science: What You Know That May Not Be So, 28 Aug 1997
Lies, Myths and Stupidity, 20/20, 23 Jan 2004
Tampering With Nature, 29 Jun 2001
Teens: What Makes Them Tick?, 5 Sep 1999
Related Topic: Children

The War on Drugs: A War on Ourselves?, 30 Jul 2002
ABC News special; includes police baiting, the unintended consequences of prohibition, the drug war in Colombia, right to choose, hard drugs and legalization in Europe and the U.S.
Related Topic: War on Drugs

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "John Stossel" as of 19 May 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.