You do realize that hiring people who don't go to the burn would be regarded as selling out by many people?
And poor Chicken John, still beating that same drum. The event was going to be irrevocably changed once enough people started attending and people started dying... He'd be better off thinking of this as the Son of Burningman. Maybe even the Grandson of Burningman. So, when BLM started asking for permits and EAs it was going to go to someone who could produce them. Whether Larry Harvey and the other LLC members were best suited is an unanswerable question. But the fact that 15 years later it's still going on is a powerful argument that they were in the running. And I have no idea what sort of behind the scenes stuff went on.
Anyway, the idea that any significant amount of money was made by this closing the STEP cue when there were still people who perhaps were going to change their minds at the last minute is, to me, laughable. Remember, only 2,000 ticket requests were registered in STEP and far fewer were sold through it. And the number of those who couldn't go at the last minute? It has to be less than 100. Divide that pot by six people and it's not worth putting the event and community at risk.
The Lady with a Lamprey
"The powerful are exploiting people, art and ideas, and this leads to us plebes debating how to best ration ice.
Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri