The New Yearly Civic Church meeting. . .. September 14, 2008Posted by Administrator in atheism, Cultural Pessimism, Idiots, Liberal self-loathing, wtf?.
. . .occurs every Labor day week in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. It is known as Burning Man. A testament to functional anarchy (which sounds like an oxymoron, thereby reflecting the modern Progressive desire to have their cake and eat it too), the groups Principles state:
Of the variety of goals fostered by participatory attendees, known as “Burners”, Burning Man does not have a single focus. Features of the event are subject to the participants and include community, artwork, absurdity, decommodification, and revelry. Participation is encouraged.
The Burning Man event is governed by the 10 principles of Burning Man, which are radical inclusion, gifting, decommodification, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, leaving no trace, participation, and immediacy.
- Radical inclusion
Anyone is welcomed and there are no prerequisites to be part of Burning Man. All participants are expected to bring a ticket, provide for their own basic needs, and follow the minimal rules of the event.
Instead of cash, event participants are encouraged to rely on a gift economy, a sort of potlatch. In the earliest days of the event, an underground barter economy also existed, in which burners exchanged material goods and/or “favors” with each other. While this was originally supported by the Burning Man organization, this now is largely discouraged. Instead, burners are encouraged to give gifts to one another unconditionally.
We don’t have attendees. We have burners.
No cash transactions are permitted at the event in accordance with the principles of Burning Man, with the exception of the following:
- Admission tickets, although tickets for the 2008 event are only available in advance at select stores, by mail or via the Burning Man ticket website.
- Café beverages such as coffee, chai, lemonade, etc., which are sold at Center Camp Café.
- Ice, available for purchase at three places in the city: “Camp Arctica” in Center Camp, “Ice Cubed” at the 3 o’clock portal and “Ice-9” at the 9 o’clock portal. Ice sales benefit the local Gerlach-Empire school system.
- Tickets for the shuttle bus to the nearest Nevada communities of Gerlach and Empire which is operated by contractor Green Tortoise.
- A re-entry wristband, which allows a person to leave and re-enter the event and may be purchased at the gate upon exit.
- An airport use fee, payable at the airport upon first entry.
- RV dump service and camp gray water disposal service, available for cash from Johnny on the Spot, the official contractor.
- Diesel and biodiesel, supplied by Sierra Fuels, the official contractor.
- Private portable toilets and servicing, which can be arranged with the official contractor.
- Radical self-reliance
Because of the event’s harsh environment and remote location, participants are expected to be responsible for their own subsistence. Since the LLC forbids any commerce, with the exception of the items stated in Decommodification, participants must be prepared and bring their own supplies such as water, food, proper clothing and shelter, just to name a few. Nothing is provided by the event with the exception of portable toilets.. The only items for sale during the event are ice, chai, coffee and lemonade.
- Radical self-expression
Participants are encouraged to express themselves in a number of ways through various art forms and projects. The event is clothing-optional and public nudity is common, though not practiced by the majority.
- Communal effort
Burning Man is a cooperative and collaborative event. Participants are encouraged to work with and help fellow participants.
- Civic responsibility
Participants are encouraged and assume responsibility to be part of a civil society in which federal, state and local laws are obeyed and communicate this to other participants.
- “Leave No Trace” policy
Participants are committed to a leave-no-trace event. They strive to leave the area around them in better condition than before their arrival to ensure their participation does not have a long term impact on the environment.
“Attendees” are encouraged to participate since Burning Man is about participation in one form or another.
Participants are asked to become part of the event, to experience what is around them and society and to explore their inner selves and their relation to the event.
This happy collection of mindless nonsense culminates in the incineration of a huge wooden effigy, the likeness of a man, on Saturday of the event.
This pagan spectacle, embodying all the stale foolishness of modern Wiccanism combined with the last gasps of the Flower Power generation rejects virtually all of the Christian order that Western Civilization was founded upon.
But it does have themes. Art themes from previous years include:
2007 — The Green Man
2006 — Hope & Fear
2005 — Psyche
2004 — Vault of Heaven
2003 — Beyond Belief
2002 — The Floating World
2001 — The Seven Ages
2000 — The Body
1999 — The Wheel of Time
1998 — The Nebulous Entity
1997 Playa Art
1996 Playa Art
1992-1995 Playa Art
2008’s theme was, “The American Dream.” Many long-time hippy hangovers decided not to attend this year, given that such a theme counters their long-held anti-Republican prejudices. Not coincidentally, law enforcement citations dropped for the first time in a decade.
But next year, citations will go up, as the old-timers will flock to Black Rock, along with many New Atheists with whom these dingdongs share a common quest for relativity.
The 2009 theme?
Naturally. Burning Man comes full circle by welcoming the thought of one of its main prophets. Too bad Nietzsche doesn’t have such an appealing theme. “Will to Power” just doesn’t cut it. “God is dead” isn’t too bad for these idiots. In fact, I am now surprised they don’t use Nietzsche as the art theme. Imagine the possibilities: Pictures of Dachau and the Gulag, paired with films shot in Haight Ashbury in 1968.
The mind boggles.
This culture is going to hell.