At the moment, Burning Man is a pyramid organization. The pyramid has ruled humanity for thousands of years. I’m not talking about 2.3 million 2-ton limestone blocks in Eqypt – I’m talking about an organizational structure that is taught at every business school. You have the CEO on the top, you have subordinates, then you have a layer of worker drones at the bottom. Almost all of Western society is organized in this fashion.
Burning Man’s org chart is no different. We have the “All-Seeing Eye” of Horus/Hours/Whores at the top, and everyone scrambling to be included in the bottom. This is very much the structure of Burning Man today. The community expresses our opinions, they listen, then they decree. Then we go back to our serfdom, and they run their party (sorry, “event“) however they damn well please. Except for one key difference: in commercial, military, and government pyramids, all the workers get paid by the Eye at the top. In Burning Man, only a few get paid, many are volunteers, and money is not supposed to exist; most participants in the pyramid structure are obedient to their masters, they pay to go and pay to contribute art, and get no reward other than being there. Burners get no say in any of the decisions, and no say in the context being created for them to self-organize in.
Burning Man is an amazing social experiment. But the nature of an experiment, is you need to try different things. Not just keep it the same. Burning Man should evolve. The 10 principles are not the ideal guide. We need a streamlined Ritalin Kid version for the 30,000+ n00bz coming this year, the Millenials and others to come, who’ve never known a time when they weren’t on an iDevice.
Bureaucracies stagnate. We live in that system in the Default World. Burning Man is our great shining hope for freedom, for humanity to fuse with technology and joy and love and spirit and Nature, and evolve. Consciously, and harmoniously.
“Our centralized and bureaucratic system of authority is crushing our spirit”…so what is the answer? Participatory democracy, also known by the more punchy phrase Direct Democracy. This is a great introduction to the idea, you can fast forward to 7:55 he wraps it up pretty well in the conclusion:
From Celente’s directdemocracynow.org
Unlike the current “Representative Democracy” where elected representatives make decisions regardless of the wishes of their constituencies, inDirect Democracy individuals vote on critical issues and their decisions are carried out by their elected representatives… Whether they like it or not
…As Victor Hugo put it, ‘There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come’
I believe that time is now. And if you believe it, we can make Direct Democracy happen. We are looking for allies; volunteers with expertise in diverse fields. Direct Democracy can happen if we make it happen
As Celente says, if we can bank online, we can vote online.
Here’s Gerald responding to his critics: