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Have Never Had The Slightest Interest in Burning Man and Here’s Why

Going on now, in your local Nevada desert.

I’ve actually seen that part of the dessert. It’s near Gerlach, and as a kid, I was in the area 120 miles north of my hometown of Reno two or three times with my dad. That’s irrelevant, I know, just a perspective.

I was first made aware of the Burning Man event in the early 90’s via my subscription to Reason Magazine, whilst living in France. Already a proto atheist (dumping the fantasies my parents taught me, taught to them by their parents), and anarchist (dumping the fantasies voters taught me, taught to them by other voters), I simply did not get it and never bought the schtick they were selling.

I still don’t, and the divide has has only widened; and plus, I’ve talked to many Big Fans who go every year and have yet to detected a true individualist brain cell among them. I’m sure it’s just me.

Rather, what I’ve always detected is a form of Marxist Labor Theory of Value turned towards “art” and “free expression.”

…They worked really really hard at creating piles of poop, mud pies, blotches & splurges on canvas, clanging noisy stuff together—or they just like to get drunk, smoke stuff, and run ’round nekid—and all this “hard work” and “attention to detail” just isn’t appreciated in society at large. So it must be that they’re being oppressed and repressed by “The Man.”

In other words, they don’t understand markets and the underlying reason they find a need to go 100 miles out into the desert to celebrate their “independence.” Most rational, well-adjusted folk have no interest in the crap they’re peddling and it has nothing to do with institutions, laws, or anything of the sort. They just understand that stinky shit is stinky shit, and don’t have time to indulge in fantasies that their their market failure is due to oppression because they’re just not understood.

Of course, this same identification applies to lots of stupid shit you see now, such as on college campuses and the catalogue of “liberal arts” courses…which all ought to have the subtitle: waiting on tables and working for tips in restaurants, forever.

…I’ll stipulate that there are undoubtably fine artists and expressionists that are are fans of Burning Man, and I’m sure they have reasons for participating that don’t fall under my generalizations….

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

7 Comments

  1. Steven on September 1, 2015 at 19:08

    Nothing libertarian or liberating about a giant festival with all sorts of rules to abide by.

    Bleech

  2. Bioking on September 2, 2015 at 01:36

    Last time I checked a ticket to Burning Man cost $800. Sounds to me like they do know a thing or two about market forces. It’s not all hippie shit.

    • Richard Nikoley on September 2, 2015 at 07:09

      OK, rich hippies shit.

      Sounds like modern art, where splotches on canvas go for thousands and rich lefties stand around and jabber.

    • Steven on September 2, 2015 at 08:41

      To me art form that is currently in vogue or appropriate for the times is a reflection of the society it comes from.

      Most modern art is senseless drivel. Ugly. Overbearing. Illiterate. Regressive and repressive. Its form and admirers are all senseless sycophants of the “now” and as shallow as the desert they now occupy.

      The inmates are running the asylum.

    • Jessi on September 2, 2015 at 12:08

      Tickets are not that expensive. They’re less than $400.

      I’ve gone twice to Burning Man and never saw anything resembling piles of poop or splatter paint blotches (I hate that fraudulent nonsense) Almost everything I came across was created by people with real talent. I say “almost” because I was camped not far from Veganoplis and had to walk by their performance protests daily.

      I can promise you that the art is very good. Much of it mind blowing and some of it really touching….

  3. Beans McGrady on September 2, 2015 at 04:49

    Thousands of pairs of OLD BALLS.

  4. sassysquatch on September 2, 2015 at 07:50

    Bring on the FCLO post!!

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