Flawed,,,,,,,, yes. but, there is that one little question of survival. The bottled water would run out before the food. Imagine trying to bring in enough water and food to feed 40,000 people. Ignore the trash and just figure the gasoline to ferry in supplies.
If people didn't have gas to leave the playa, there wouldn't be gas to supply them from Gerlach. Ignore the lack of money for many people. The playa is completely inhospitable. It's a fairly short time between your last drink and,,,,, your last breath.
I'm all for the Burning man ethos,,,,, NOT the Burning Man locale.
I don't post things because I believe that they are the absolute truth. I post them because I believe that they should be considered.