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THINGS HIDDEN 23: Exorcizing the Spirit of Cannibalism

In this brand new episode of THINGS HIDDEN, David Gornoski sits down with stuntman and fellow student of Girard, Eric Jacobus. The two have an exciting conversation on the resurgence of 80s aesthetics in pop culture; our society’s fascination with underdogs; the comedian’s role as a scapegoat; the ancient understanding of catharsis; spirit possession; and […]

DC Film Series: War and the Rogue Presidency with Ivan Eland

Ivan Eland, defense analyst and author of books such as Recarving Rushmore and War and the Rogue Presidency, sits down with David Gornoski to discuss the history of America’s warhawk policies from both the Democratic and Republican parties. The two look particularly at the practice of starting wars from false flags and the myth of […]

DC Film Series: Keeping the Faith in DC with John Burtka

John Burtka IV, Executive Director of The American Conservative, sits down with David Gornoski to discuss what led him from an interest in theology to politics and finally to the conservative movement. What are some of the challenges for an anti-war conservative in DC? How do we morally reconcile our support for either party with […]

DC Film Series: Why Humans Love War with Bruce Fein

David Gornoski is joined by Bruce Fein, an expert constitutional lawyer. Together, the two discuss the liberty movement and what the lack of such a movement entails. Are power, self-interest, and greed only limited to the private sector? Is the separation of powers reconcilable with the desire to police the world? Bruce Fein highlights the […]

DC Film Series: Christianity, Liberty, and Nationalism with Dan McCarthy

Daniel McCarthy, editor of Modern Age, sits down with David Gornoski, host of A Neighbor’s Choice, to talk about the need for an alternative to leftist culture, the future of conservatism in America, dehumanization in political rhetoric, similarities between President Trump and Ron Paul, government hindrance to innovation and progress in science and technology, and […]

THINGS HIDDEN 21: Jean-Michel Oughourlian Interview

In this THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski and Shannon Braswell are joined by Jean-Michel Oughourlian, psychologist and author of The Mimetic Brain. Oughourlian starts the discussion with an insider’s perspective as Girard’s collaborator and how he found breakthroughs in the field of psychotherapy upon studying mimetic theory. “The mirror neuron is something fantastic,” Oughourlian remarks, […]

Celebrity – The Cornerstone of Modern America

Told the devil that I’m going on a strike Told the devil when I see him, on sight I’ve been working for you my whole life Told the devil that I’m going on a strike I’ve been working for you my whole life —Kanye West, ‘Hands On’ In the 1991 film ‘The Doors,’ Oliver Stone […]

Shannon Braswell on Cancel Culture and What Comes Next

In this episode, Shannon Braswell calls in from Washington to deconstruct cancel culture and the revolutionary zeal that drives it forward. Shannon exposes the violent, cyclical nature of revolutions and points out how Jesus gave us the key to break that cycle. What does the kingdom of heaven look like and how does it differ […]

Barouk Almaw Gari Gives an Ethiopian View on Identity Politics and Rene Girard

Barouk Almaw Gari, an Ethiopian entrepreneur and Rene Girard fan, joins David Gornoski to discuss his introduction to the works of Rene Girard, his perspective on Ethiopian politics and history, and how Christianity has shaped Ethiopia’s culture. How does the gospel effect each culture in their tribal and sacrificial customs? Barouk takes us through the […]

THINGS HIDDEN 12: The Return of Dionysus

Shannon: “Parents often say: ‘don’t discuss politics and religion at the dinner table.’” David: “But that’s what I always talk about at dinner; all politics and religion originate at the original dinner which is ritual cannibalism.” Shannon Braswell, a Girardian from Washington, sits down with David Gornoski to examine the historical and mythological narratives through […]