03 January 2004

Chairman Bruce understands what Burning Man ain't

In the course of his interesting-as-ever State of the World address, Bruce Sterling makes an offhand comment about the Burning Man Festival:

Burning Man doesn't come to grief, but Burning Man has a cabal of hardened, experienced cadres, it only lasts three days, and it's swarming with cops. Burning Man is organization disguised as licence. If bikers started beating and knifing naked people at Burning Man they'd be jumped on by Danger Rangers and Nevada cops with guns.

Burning Man is a party, not a city-state.

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