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THINGS HIDDEN 39: Monica Paulus Escapes Literal Witch Burning

In this fascinating THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski is joined by Monica Paulus, a native of Papua New Guinea who was accused of sorcery by her neighbors and family. Monica gives us a harrowing account of what it is like to be persecuted and hunted by a bloodthirsty mob. What are the reasons for these […]

The sacrifice of Congresswoman Gabbard

This article by David Gornoski was published at WND.com on February 15, 2017. The media continues to be an increasingly petty, insecure clique as it mimetically parrots its own echo chamber talking points against any person who challenges their preferred leftist-corporatist brand of state hegemony. Think of political ideologies like denominations of a religion. They […]

The Coming Medical Revolution

The Mises Institute‘s Jeff Deist returns to the show. David Gornoski and Jeff Deist talk about the politicization of tax-related charges in the case of Trump; the passing and legacy of Donald Rumsfeld; the media’s hyping up of the Delta variant; government overreach in medicine and the medical revolution waiting to happen; the ideology of […]

Salvation Through Creativity

Man, the microcosm is responsible for the whole structure of nature and whatever takes place in man affects the whole of nature. Man gives life and spirit to nature, through his creative freedom, and he kills or fetters it through his own servitude and his fall into material necessity. –Nikolai Berdyaev1 In the summer of […]

THINGS HIDDEN 37: Mimesis and Victim Solidarity with Dr. Grant Kaplan

In this THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski is joined by Grant Kaplan, professor of theological studies at Saint Louis University and author of René Girard, Unlikely Apologist. Professor Kaplan talks about his experience of meeting Rene Girard; why traditional apologetics don’t work as well as before; the difference between mimetic theory and critical theory; being in […]

Why The Culture Has An Appetite for Sacrificial Violence w/ Peter Quinones

David Gornoski recently appeared on Peter Quinones’ podcast, Free Man Beyond the Wall. David and Peter talked about Rene Girard’s Mimetic Theory, the sacrificial origins of the State, and our culture’s appetite for sacrificial violence. Listen to the podcast or watch the entire interview above.

THINGS HIDDEN 34: Mimetic Failure of Mythic Heroes and the Triumph of Christ with Erik Buys

THINGS HIDDEN! David Gornoski is joined by Erik Buys, author at Mimetic Margins, teacher, and elected member of the board of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R). What is the difference between Christ’s sacrifice and the three types of heroic sacrifice in mythology? What is extremism and how does it lure people? Why is […]

WandaVision and the Truman Show – Film Analysis

It should be obvious that the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s WandaVision bears striking similarities in its premise with the 1998 movie The Truman Show. The similarities do not, however, end just with the premises. The mythology from which the two derive their themes is unmistakably that of Prometheus–the Greek titan who stole the fire of the gods […]

Jerry Bowyer on Scapegoating in Culture Wars

In this episode, Jerry Bowyer of Townhall Finance joins David Gornoski to discuss the start of his podcast Meeting of Minds and his first interview with Peter Thiel. Is there a positive version of scapegoating? Who or what would be worthy enemies to unite ourselves against? Is there validity to some of the criticisms from […]

The Priesthood of Trump’s Statist Enemies

“One of the problems when you become successful is that jealousy and envy inevitably follow. There are people—I categorize them as life’s losers—who get their sense of accomplishment and achievement from trying to stop others. As far as I’m concerned, if they had any real ability they wouldn’t be fighting me, they’d be doing something […]