Update II: Whatever hope of Camp Burning and Camp Bundy breaking bread was just shattered by you know what.
Update: The Las Vegas Sun has an interview with Shealy, wherein the notion that he's extending a kind of smarmy olive branch to conservatives is backed up. He claims that militias "will be needed" at BundyFest, and that "if the militias are acting on principle, then they will defend our rights, as well." On the other hand, Shealy describes the Bundy standoff as "very frightening," and the ranchers' actions as a defiance of "law and democracy." In any case, go read it.
Rancher Cliven Bundy can now add hippies and assorted steampunks to the federal government on his list of "People I Wish Would Go Away."
Raw Story reports that some folks involved with the annual Burning Man festival plan on staging a counter-standoff to the one currently taken up by Bundy in his ongoing challenge to the feds over grazing rights. The video below posted by progressive activist Sean Shealy details the plan for a month-long shindig to be held after the official Burning Man proceedings that will take place directly across from Bundy Ranch. The "anything goes" action promises hundreds of bands, as many as 50,000 revelers, "total freedom," and of course full nudity.
"You're free to let it all hang out right there, just like Bundy's cattle," says Shealy, in no uncertain and definitely mocking terms.
The Facebook page for the event is stuffed with goodies to positively tickle the feathers - perhaps literally - of fellow progressives who think Bundy and pals are the otherworldly weirdos in the culture war games. For example this video, in which Shealy dresses up as an "anonymous militia member" who voices his support for what's being dubbed "BundyFest." There's even a picture of Reagan by his side, presumably to boost his credibility.
"Howdy patriots," Shealy starts off, before encouraging said patriots to come out and support BundyFest.
"How will goof-ball Sean Hannity deal with this?" writes one supporter of the event to be held Sept. 5th through Oct. 5th. "If he supports Bundy...then he has to support BundyFest too! LOL."
"I have roughly 30 tons of medical waste," added another. "Can I bring it with me?"
But Shealy's true M.O. just might, possibly be less divisive than all of the above would suggest. One Facebook entry calls for commenters to be "nicer to one another," and claims that "nothing that happened in Nevada - from anybody on either side - merits pulling someone's leg off." And a recent post of Shealy's at iNFORMATION PRESS laments that the US has become the "divided states of America."
Indeed, there may be more in common between the Bundy and Burning Man camps than meets the eye (which will no doubt be struck by their very different styles of dress - or lack of any). Libertarian author Brian Doherty's This is Burning Man is considered an authoritative work on the desert festival held unofficially since the 1980s. Doherty is also the author of a book on the Ron Paul movement. Coincidence? Doherty certainly thinks not.
Reason's Jesse Walker wrote in 2005 that the "hippie and the redneck can be friends." Come late summer, we might see about that.Via Raw Story and BundyFest.