The Anthropology Colloquium Series presents:  
 
"Bankers into Populists: The Texas Tax Clubs and the Mellon Plan, 1924-1928"  
with Isaac William Martin, Department of Sociology, University of California, San Diego  
 
Tuesday, October 20, 2009  
3:30-5:00 p.m.  
Social Science Plaza B, Room 1208  
 
Abstract:  
From time to time, the United States is swept by populist mobilization in favor of tax policies that redistribute categorically to the rich. These movements present a puzzlehow do regressive tax reforms win popular support? Martin will address this question with a case study of one of the first of these episodes: the tax club movement in Texas in the 1920s. His talk will illustrate some general dynamics of rich people's movements and illuminate the genealogy of contemporary anti-tax populism in the U.S. Martin is the author of The Permanent Tax Revolt: How the Property Tax Transformed American Politics (Stanford University Press 2008) and the co-editor of The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective (2009) and After the Tax Revolt: California's Proposition 13 Turns Thirty (2009).  
 
For further information, please contact Theresa Collica, tcollica@uci.edu.

 

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