269. Burning Man: The New Riches Utopia?
Is having a one week party in the desert where everything is ‘shared’ and ultimately burnt to ashes, doing anything you’d like and calling it ‘radical expression’ a genuine way to live and portray ‘freedom’? What happens when the richest ones decide to be part of this ‘utopia’? What can be actual long lasting efforts for a genuine liberation in humanity?
“When “freedom” and “inclusion” are disconnected from democracy, they often lead to elitism and reinforcement of the status quo.” – Keith A. Spencer
Photocredit: Wall St. Burns at Burning Man. Photo by Jim Urquhart.
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“Burning Man foreshadows a future social model that is particularly appealing to the wealthy: a libertarian oligarchy, where people of all classes and identities coexist, yet social welfare and the commons exist solely on a charitable basis.
Of course, the wealthy can afford more, both in lodging and in what they “bring” to the table: so at Burning Man, those with more money, who can bring more in terms of participation, labor and charity, are celebrated more.
It is a society that we find ourselves moving closer towards the other 358 (non–Burning Man) days of the year: with a decaying social welfare state, more and more public amenities exist only as the result of the hyper-wealthy donating them. But when the commons are donated by the wealthy, rather than guaranteed by membership in society, the democratic component of civic society is vastly diminished and placed in the hands of the elite few who gained their wealth by using their influence to cut taxes and gut the social welfare state in the first place.”
- ARRESTS AT BURNING MAN 2015 UP 600% FROM PREVIOUS YEAR
To guarantee our basic living rights and create a regenerative economic system that includes the provision of a Guaranteed Living Income:
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