It's very possible that burning the man early is a cause for alarm. It's very possible that sticking a knife in the collective backs of tens of thousands of people is the very death knell that so many have sought after. It's possible that this man with face paint may be the anarchist that burns commercialism in this world of distraction and escapism.
What can we do except balance the darker aspects of Burning Man with open minds and love. That's philosophy the whole world can benefit from.
Every difference in opinion, every disputed discussion and almost all citizens of intelligence and consequence feel that burning desire every day. It's what I call Burnapest.
For more on the premature burn, check out this Laughing Squid article.