Radical self-reliance is code for "don't expect anything to be provided for you unless you've secured it yourself." So don't expect
help, even if many people are willing to render it. Remember, that you can always ask;
just don't expect.
In terms of the event, it's a disclaimer to avoid the expectation that anything will be provided other than bathrooms and some medical services.
Some of the "principles" have partial roots in the required policies that have become part of running an event such as Burning Man. "Leave No Trace" is to fall within BLM land use guidelines, and avoid extra work on part of the event organizers; plus people generally don't want to have the land wrecked. "Decommodification"/"Gifting" prevents commercial interests from affecting the event, and all the stuff that comes with it taxation, regulations, catering, etc. "Radical Self-Reliance" avoids having to provide costly infrastructure for a 50k+ population event, while staying true to its camp-out-in-the-desert roots.
TomServo wrote:Do the research, then ask questions. simple as that! No one ever said "Radical Research Skills!"
That's also the way to avoid stupid questions!