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The Vancouver hockey riot: A manifestation of American imperialism

Photo: Mark Donovan/Flickr
What hockey has become: As we have seen increasingly across the globe, violence is simply a local manifestation of frustration and anger generated by contemporary capitalism.

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The Vancouver hockey riot: A manifestation of American imperialism

Photo: Mark Donovan/Flickr

Many will roll their eyes and view this article title as just another attempt to blame the U.S. empire for every outburst of violence across the globe. However, the post-Stanley Cup Final trashing of downtown Vancouver is a manifestation of what has become the normal popular response to contemporary capitalism's behaviour. In this instance, the corporate media hype around the playoffs, NHL manipulation of the series, local on-site liquor vendors' fuelling of the crowd, and the assuredly pre-ordained defeat of the Canucks led to the ensuing post-defeat looting of the high-end chain stores and the trashing of cop cars.

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