Tuesday, October 6, 2009

anthropology colloquium

„Bankers into Populists:
The Texas Tax Clubs and the Mellon Plan, 1924-1928‰

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
3:30-5:00 PM
Room 1208, SSPB (Anthropology Library)

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 puzzle–how do regressive tax reforms win popular support? This paper addresses the question with a case study of one of the first and most influential of these episodes: the tax club movement in Texas in the 1920s. The paper illustrates some general dynamics of rich people's movements and illuminates the genealogy of contemporary anti-tax populism in the U.S.

Dr. 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).

Also Note: Toward a Fiscal Social Science: Wednesday, October 14, 12-1:30pm, SSPB 1208. https://eee.uci.edu/09f/60743/