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THINGS HIDDEN 62: Battling to the End with Craig Stewart

In this episode of THINGS HIDDEN, David Gornoski is joined by the returning Craig Stewart for a conversation on Rene Girard’s enigmatic last book Battling to the End. How did Girard gain his special insight into the mimetic nature of human beings? Did religions like Jainism and Buddhism also expose the mechanism of violence as […]

THINGS HIDDEN 57: Richard Koenigsberg on War as Sacrifice

David Gornoski sits down with Richard Koenigsberg, psychologist & historian from the Library of Social Science, for a discussion on sacrifice, violence, and war. Mr. Koenigsberg starts the discussion by describing his interactions with Rene Girard. The conversation then moves to the psychology of Hitler, the purpose of political violence, male aggressiveness, the Ukraine war, […]

How Christianity Shapes the Abortion Debate

David Gornoski starts the episode by commenting on how Christianity elevates the voices of women and how the pro-choice movement pollutes that framework. Is the abortion debate in America properly framed by both sides? Listen to the full episode as David shows what both sides are getting wrong while highlighting how pro-choicers imitate the victim-garbed […]

Cathedral, Sacrifice, and the Apocalypse

[Video contains both hours. Skip past 35 minutes for hour 2.] For this episode, David Gornoski is joined by Devin Barras who talks about his Substack article on the sacrificial crisis of our time. How is the “cathedral” connected with the sacrificial crisis of the pandemic? Listen to the full episode to find out. Plus, […]

Exposing the Big Tobacco-Style Medical Disinformation

Did Rolling Stone just got caught lying about generic medicine? Why hasn’t Remdesivir encountered the same media attack that we are currently seeing with the Joe Rogan drug? Why aren’t we seeing any real solutions from these statist institutions aside from the top-down coercion of patented drugs? What do the archaeological discoveries related to ancient […]

The State is the Religion of the Hidden Corpse

This classic essay was originally published at FEE.org on July 21, 2016. Have you ever attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony of a new local business? Perhaps you’ve seen the corny shovel groundbreaking ritual of a new building. These events are usually rather innocuous affairs – filled with hopeful mom-and-pop dreamers, nervous glad-handing, cookies and wine and […]

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 […]

Our Shocking Acceptance Of State Sanctioned Violence

This article originally appeared at The American Conservative on October 23, 2017. “Do you mean to tell me, that if there was a law against state attorneys using blue pens and you found incontrovertible evidence that I was using blue pens, you could not follow the law and render a guilty verdict based on the […]

The ‘Man in Black’ vs. the State’s Sacred Violence

This classic essay originally appeared on WND.com in December 2016. As poets are wont to do, Johnny Cash led a prophet’s life for his time. His performance art and accompanying dusty, rumbling lyrics dared to look into the soul of America’s violence-haunted heart with equal parts affection and anger. When I speak of the state’s “sacred violence” […]

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 […]