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  
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,

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