Content Farms

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Tue Nov 2 07:03:13 UTC 2010

And the terms "tax farming" and "tax farmer" are often used in
English-language histories of China (and of Thailand and several other
Asian countries).


Paul Frank
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On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 10:48 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
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> Â From the mid-sixteenth century it was a coveted appointment to have
> the rights to farm an office or farm taxes  (that is, to receive some
> or all of the income of the fee the officer charged for a service or
> of the amount of the tax). Â See farm, v.2, e.g. sense 1.b.
> At 11/1/2010 03:15 PM, Garson O'Toole wrote:
>>The menial pay given to workers is reminiscent of: Gold farming
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