As a ghost town explorer, I enjoy venturing out into the desert and viewing the wildlife and old towns of Nevada. Since I am one of the people who enjoy the Nevada Desert, I hate the fact that we have a group of people who lay claim to our public land during the summer and use it as their own private party. The Burning Man event is an annual event held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. The Burning Man event draws participants from all over the world and is described as an experimental city. In reality, Burning Man is nothing more than yuppies hanging out in the desert and acting like weirdos. In addition, their logic is completely flawed and hypocritical, which is the main problem I have with this group. Here are a couple of the hypocrisies I have found regarding the burning man event.
The first problem I found with the Burning Man event is the fact that they say in their 10 principals "Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community." Of course if you take a look at the cost of a ticket, you can immediately see the price is out of range for anyone of lower means and aimed at keeping the poor folks from attending. This years tickets range in the following prices: Tier 1 ($210), Tier 2 ($240), Tier 3 ($280), and Tier 4 ($320). I guess Tier 1 tickets are supposed to be for the poor folks, but do you really think poor folks can afford a single ticket for $210? So how can they claim that no prerequisites exists when you HAVE to have a ticket to participate? Is a ticket NOT a prerequisite to participate? What am I am missing here?
The Black Rock City LLC takes over the Black Rock Desert during the event and denies the public access to public land during the duration of the event. This means the event is actually exclusive to only those who are able to purchase a ticket and not inclusive as they suggest, and they do this while occupying PUBLIC land! Sorry, but that is hypocritical and elitism in action!
The next hypocritical principal of Burning man event relates to the following Leave No Trace principle which reads "Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them." So they think bringing 60,000 people into the desert, many of whom have huge bond fires, burn other materials, and who travel in huge RV's, trucks, and fly from overseas has no impact on the environment? Are they saying the desert is devoid of anything that may be affected by their pollution, noise, etc? Are they suggesting that Nevada, with the gridlock, smog, and pollution that comes through Reno is somehow not affected by the pollution of the outdated rv's, trucks, recreational vehicles, etc? Do they preach this "leave no trace" bull when talking about vehicles, SUV's, etc? I bet these same idiots are against the burning of fossil fuels and SUV's, yet when it comes to their own pollution, they dismiss it and suggest they leave no trace! I guess releasing carbon is okay so long as it's done in the Nevada desert by so called burners.
So they think after this event is over, they are leaving the black rock desert in a better state then before they arrived? Are the plants healthier? Is the air healthier? If so, is the air healthier in Los Angeles after rush hour traffic?
Another issue related to the above is the possible harmful affects on the local animals? Oh, you Burning Man people didn't realize the desert was full of animals? Well here is a news flash, the desert is alive with wildlife! On the burning man website it says to leave your dogs at home due to the fact that all the noise, smoke, fireworks, etc may harm your dog, but what about all the coyotes, rabbits, and many other animals who live in the area? Either you are a hypocrite or you think the desert is devoid of life! It's just a little ironic!
Here is a partial list of animals that live in that immediate burning man event area:
- Mountain Lions
- Wild horses
- Wild Burros
- Mule Deer
- Pronghorn Antelope
- Gopher snakes
- Sage Grouse
- Many different types of birds.
As a matter of fact, we were recently out in the are exploring and seen many of those animals in the list above. Of course the organizers and attendees are probably too high to realize that they are actually surrounded by wildlife!
Would the burning man event goers support such an event in the middle of the Amazon Rain Forrest? I think we know the answer to that, but when you are only using these platitudes to justify your actions, what else can you expect?
Next, the Burning Man event talks about self expression and art, yet if you are a photographer, which is a branch of art, you are not welcome at Burning Man. Once again we see the hypocrisy rear its ugly head! Therefore, photographers need not apply to Burning Man.
The Radical Decommodification principle is yet another contradiction. The principal talks about how the event is not to be used for commercial gain or purposes, yet the organizers sell tickets in order to attend the event and have a website to advertise the event, not to mention the fact that the company that organizes the event is an LLC (Limited Liability Corporation)!
For an event that touts the arts, freedom of expression, and the environment, there sure are a lot of contradictions. The fact is, Burning Man is a yuppie event where yuppies can gather and act like freaks. They pollute the environment and use elitism in order to keep out the "poor" folks while pretending to be inclusive. The fact is, the entire Burning Man event is a contradiction of its supposed principals. I honestly don't care if you want to head out and act like a freak, but please don't pretend that you are some kind of environmentalist.
So go ahead and pollute the Black Rock Desert and the earth on your way to the event, but don't pretend to be something you're not.