Sun Apr 14, 2019, 09:55 PM

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Spurned Feds Want To Wall Off Burning Man

Published time: 13 Apr, 2019 04:46

The Burning Man festival is being menaced with an act of architectural aggression as authorities hurt by a society that doesn't need them threaten to force organizers to sabotage their own festival with a giant cement spite-fence.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the federal authority that controls the land where Burning Man builds its self-contained techno-hippie utopia every year, has declared that after nearly three decades of good behavior – painstakingly cleaning up after itself and keeping the peace during the week-long "experiment" – the festival has been doing it wrong all this time. Instead of the volunteer and paid security personnel (and legions of undercover cops) who already patrol the playa, the BLM wants the organization to shell out for a Blackwater-esque "private security force." And instead of the fence constructed around the perimeter every year, they want a 10-mile cement wall – an expensive, environmentally-disruptive structure the physical ugliness of which is only matched by its spiteful symbolism.

Like Trump's own promised wall on the US-Mexican border, the Burning Man barrier is more about form than function. The "trash fence" organizers build and take down every year already keeps intruders out and trash in, but a 19,000,000-pound cement barrier is a statement of official disapproval by the powers-that-be, who instinctively distrust any scenario in which 70,000 people can come together and have a good time without requiring heavily-armed thugs with earpieces to "protect" them from each other. The new measures imposed by the BLM would require the festival to increase its already-hefty ticket prices by a further $286 each, rendering one of its founding principles – "radical inclusion" – even more of a joke than it already is, and the cement barrier itself would severely deform the environment by creating huge dunes, skewering another festival principle – "leave no trace."

With relationships between Americans and their government strained to the bursting point, it's no surprise that the feds have zeroed in on Burning Man as an easy target. While there's no simple way to categorize its attendees, running the gamut as they do from itinerant "professional partiers" to Silicon Valley tycoons like Elon Musk and the founders of Google, none of them are armed – not like the BLM's last choice of targets, a group of Nevada ranchers and their supporters who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in defiance of what they deemed federal overreach by a corrupt and power-hungry BLM.


If there is a concrete fence neeced to keep the "trash in", it needs to be constructed around Washington, DC...

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Sun Apr 14, 2019, 10:00 PM

1. Trump needs to man up and get the BLM in check

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Sun Apr 14, 2019, 10:19 PM

2. Trump "man up? It is Melania that sports the "peg"...

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