[Marxism] Bidder 70

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat May 18 11:14:28 MDT 2013

As one of the more counter-intuitive economics departments in the United 
States, the University of Utah has not only been the long-time host of 
the Marxmail server but also where Tim DeChristopher was a graduate 
student. When you first take a look at Tim’s face in the documentary 
“Bidder 70” that opened yesterday at the Quad in New York without 
knowing anything about him in advance, you might assume that he was just 
another conservative Mormon student especially with his military-style 

It turns out that he was one of the most courageous and principled civil 
disobedience activists in recent American history, standing in the 
tradition of Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King Jr. The title of 
the film refers to Tim’s taking part in an oil and gas lease auction on 
December 19, 2008 in which he bid $1.8 million for 14 parcels of land 
without any intention of paying for them. Although there was a 
well-organized environmental movement in Utah to protect the pristine 
land that was at stake, he decided to put his body on the line and face 
the consequences. And some consequences they were. He faced up to 10 
years in prison and $750,000 in fines.

full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/bidder-70/

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