Working on a longer essay, but here are some thoughts….
I wish people would stop politicizing what happened in Vancouver last week — or calling it class warfare. A lot of those involved trashing cars looked awfully well dressed and groomed and those $300 Canucks jerseys are not the normal attire of the poor.
It also had nothing to do with what politicians did or did not do. Unless you think that closing roads and supporting street parties is a bad thing, in which case you could blame all of them since no one spoke out against it.
A group of organized anarchists planned to take advantage of the large crowds to create mayhem. T
In the large crowds were a larger number of young males. In fact, probably more than over the previous weeks because high school just finished. It’s “Grad party time.”
Young men are well known for being reasonably pre-disposed to joining in to violent movements. In much of human history, they have been the soldiers or the warriors. The people you send into battle. They can be convinced to follow anyone and do things that they have been raised not to.
Young men have energy, feel immortal, and can be swayed. That’s why they make great soldiers.
But put thousands of them, full of emotion from 8 weeks of playoff build up, into a crowd. Add disappointment (or the failure of rising expectations for that cup), and then add a catalyst like cars being trashed and looting starting, and you get what happened in Vancouver.
Hundreds joined in as a way to shed emotional energy. (Others dealt with disappointment by playing hockey, going for ice cream, or just for a walk or home).
It is a tribute to the city and its citizens–and how so many of the young people were raised–that only a few hundred out of thousands joined in the riot. Most resisted any temptation to join.
Many more young people, including many young men, showed up instead the next day to help clean up. To them I say good job. I’m proud to live in the same city as you, and look for more great things from you in the future.