This is a response to the feedback on my list “12 Shocking Revelations about ultra-rich Burning Man plug-and-play camps!”
Before I answer the headline, let me clear three things up:
1) I don’t speak for Burning Man, I’m not part of the Org, I’m not on their payroll, and they had no idea that this post was coming. They don’t edit my stuff and there’s no approval process, so: they found out I’d written this when you did. Nothing I say represents them, or is a statement of what they believe on any issue.
2) Do I care about the problems caused by commodification camps? Absolutely. In fact, one of my first posts for this blog called for the creation of “Art Vikings” to stop plug-n-play camps. I wrote:
Camp Art Vikings will send our Viking scouts across the playa to find package tour camps and paid labor. Then we will send our war parties, on Art Longboats, across the dust to Art Raid them. We will take their meat and their women and their best alcohol, deliver them to a random camp, and celebrate together.
So I’m probably more radical on this issue than you are.
3) Do I think the ORG should be more transparent. Yes. Stop. End quote.
So why am I making fun of terribly sincere burners with a legitimate grip whose issue I basically agree with?
Because people are demanding that the Org come up with an immediate solution to what is at heart an intractable societal problem: the gentrification caused by income inequality. (more…)