The Anti-Economy Economy

Though Burning Man’s seemingly subversive principles might lend a different impression, the entire ordeal is a poster child for small market economics. According to the Atlantic, extensive last-minute purchases (onsite sales are taboo) and local hotel stays form a market unto themselves, driving as much as $35 million into the Nevada economy. Flights alone into the Reno-Tahoe International airport generate as much as $10 million -- late August is the airport’s busiest time of year.

And now, Burning Man itself seems to be capitulating to demands for convenience. Though the event prides itself on ephemerality (the desert is scraped bare each year), Burning Man recently purchased its own sprawling, 3,800-acre ranch, and is building a location for full-time use. While Burners won’t be able to enjoy the year-round apocalyptic party for another year or more, they have much to look forward to: in the rough Nevada desert, they’ll be anything but roughing it.


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