I don't believe Bartlett deals with the gigantic piece of evidence that contradicts his argument, namely Europe. No one there has signed Grover's pledge, and they have a Value Added Tax. They seem to be going bankrupt at least as fast as we are. Indeed, our government and its banking cartel are bailing them out. At no point does Bartlett grapple with any public choice theory, any idea that government will use all the resources provided to it by taxation to buy votes (campaign donations, etc) and then will borrow and inflate, until it meets resistance, to buy even more. Since that idea underlies Grover Norquist's tax pledge, not addressing it makes Bartlett's work less than honest.
A final tome in this trilogy of quasi-duncery is The Leaderless Revolution(PenguinUSA, 2011, 272 pages), by a former British diplomat to the United Nations, Carnes Ross. A meandering account of recent popular revolts in a variety of countries, pretty much ignoring the tea party movement, Ross calls for people to get involved and take back the power and take control of their government. Some would think this naive, others a deliberate distraction from the task of limiting state power. It's mainly a series of anecdotes and currents events reports, with no real conceptual framework. But the author is kind of a cute nerd in his photos.
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