Hotblack Desiato wrote:Um... motives of participants aside, methinks Penisperson's point is fundamentally specious.
The opening post shows a woeful lack of understanding about how these things work.
Lack of something is right!
As the ice sale proceeds are donated to the local communities (I thought this was true of cafe sales as well, but I can't find that on the site, so I could be wrong) you have to refute that on some level or another if you want to argue that Core Staff is motivated solely by greed.
If you do want to declare it all about Larry Harvey's personal gain, you need a much more subtle arguement, i.e. that because his other source of income is the lecture circuit (I know he gives them, I assume he's paid) then additional vending would cheapen the "brand image" as it were of Burning Man and therefore diminish Larry's opportunities to speak. Especially in so far as he speaks of "Potlatch" and "Gift Economy."
That's a potentially interesting discussion.
But far too abstract for the mind that started this thread.