Tim DeChristopher tests capitalism, gives it failing grade.
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When Tim DeChristopher entered the bidding — in an auction that was itself determined to be illegal — for lands sought for petroleum development, he was prepared to buy the land for which he bid. But his defense was not allowed to present this fact during his trial, in which he was ironically convicted of making a bid for which he had no intention of paying.
Once again, the lesson is hard to miss: We live in a nation debauched. In the Corporate States of America, three crimes top the calendar of malefactions: speaking unwelcome truths, poverty, and taking any action that tends to discredit the mammonolatry. Since DeChristopher is guilty of at least two of these, we shouldn’t be surprised that he has been sentenced to ten years’ incarceration for his apparent crime of attempting to buy land that the oil barons assumed they could claim without competition.
Apparently capitalism in today’s context no longer implies anything resembling free enterprise.