We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
But seriously, I get that it's reached a point where to continue it had to become to certain extent's what it sought to protest. Granted this is coming from the outside looking in and worse than that a newbie, a virgin who has yet to experience that which is Burning Man. So my remarks and comments at this point are theoretical and are of course my opinion, nothing more, nothing less.
I do take issue with the laws part. Not that I believe in breaking laws and rules just for the sake of it or because we are hundreds of miles away from Johnny Law and we might be able to get away with things we wouldn't even think of doing in the "default" world.
No to the contrary, as much as I am against the NRA and their second amendment argument for the right to bear arms, I think we are long overdue for an overhaul of the government and that might not be pretty or bloodless.
"Patrick Henry, in the Virginia ratification convention June 5, 1788, eloquently argued for the dual rights to arms and resistance to oppression:
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined'"
But again I drift and diverge from the origin and intent of the post.
Get rid of holiness and abandon wisdom and the people will benefit a hundredfold.
Get rid of reciprocity and abandon justice and the people will return to filial piety and compassion.
Get rid of cleverness and abandon profit, and thieves and gangsters will not exist.
Lao-Tzu-Tao Te Ching
A Taste of Thoreau
__"Those who, while they disapprove of the character and measures of a government, yield to it their allegiance and support are undoubtedly its most conscientious supporters, and so frequently the most serious obstacles to reform."
__"Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once? Men generally, under such a government as this, think that they ought to wait until they have persuaded the majority to alter them. They think that, if they should resist, the remedy would be worse than the evil. But it is the fault of the government itself that the remedy is worse than the evil. It makes it worse...Why does it not cherish its wise minority? Why does it cry and resist before it is hurt? Why does it not encourage its citizens to be on the alert to point out its faults, and do better than it would have them? Why does it always crucify Christ, and excommunicate Copernicus and Luther, and pronounce Washington and Franklin rebels?"
__"Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison."
As if there were such a thing...
I come more from of the Noam Chomsky school, although he gets way too strident for me.
I believe and support a lot of the concepts and principles but am well aware of the practicalities and restraints given our current culture and mind sets.
I suppose I veered of the concept of the last "Principle" because it was so similar to that of Communal Effort except with the teeth of societal norms which tend to bristle me.
A lot of the 10 Principles get redundant and or self-evident. I suppose in the same ways that "we hold these truths to be self-evident" and yet blacks and women didn't get to vote for the longest time and our negotiations with the native American population was anything but fair and just.
Yep that was off tangent as well.
Better cut bait and put this post to rest.