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THINGS HIDDEN 75: Richard Hanania on the Exorcism of HR

David Gornoski sits down with Richard Hanania, the President of the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology (CSPI), for a conversation about the problems with academia, the conservative critique of institutions, the criticisms of the “New Right,” whether Americans care about foreign policy, what would happen if we get rid of civil right […]

THINGS HIDDEN 74: Battling to the End V

David Gornoski and Craig Stewart explore chapter 4 of Rene Girard’s last book Battling to the End. Are proponents of gender transitions for children selectively borrowing from Christian aesthetics? Are conservatives reacting to Leftist talking points in a “Christian” way? How should Christians engage within the culture wars? Is there a way to empathize with […]

THINGS HIDDEN 73: Battling to the End IV

David Gornoski and Craig Stewart resume their study of Rene Girard’s Battling to the End. David and Craig get into chapter 4 and discuss the modern paradox of being the most yet least violent time in history, the anthropological meaning of the Eucharist, the secular co-opting of Christianity, the divinity of violence vs. the divinity […]

THINGS HIDDEN 72: Chris Bray on Our Grey Gardens Nation

In this THINGS HIDDEN episode, David Gornoski is joined by historian Chris Bray for a conversation on the similarities between religion and politics. What does Chris Bray mean when he says our nation is a “grey gardens nation?” Why do rich people dress like poor people nowadays? Why does the US government keep involving Americans […]

THINGS HIDDEN 71: Alex Kaschuta on Court Jesters and Culture War

In this THINGS HIDDEN episode, David Gornoski is joined by Alex Kaschuta, host of the Subversive podcast. Alex Kaschuta critiques the recent trend of liberals criticizing wokeism within a social libertarian atmosphere. Where is this trajectory of wokeness headed? Would the New York Times ever champion the rights of Afghan children killed by Biden’s drone […]

THINGS HIDDEN 70: David Cayley on Illich and Girard At the End of Our World

 David Gornoski is joined by David Cayley, writer and host of the renowned CBC Radio One program Ideas. David Cayley talks about his new book Ivan Illich: An Intellectual Journey, his introduction to Rene Girard, the church’s development into a power structure, the current public health crisis, the new hidden religion, the new normalization of […]

THINGS HIDDEN 69: After the Fireworks with Cyprian

In this THINGS HIDDEN episode, David Gornoski is joined by Bitcoin developer and entrepreneur Cyprian a.k.a. Vin Armani. Is there a way to maintain truth in a culture of likes and retweets? Is there a religious dimension to America’s culture war? Where is this newfound sympathy for villains in movies coming from? What do we […]

THINGS HIDDEN 68: The Scapegoating of Nixon with Geoff Shepard

David Gornoski sits down with Geoff Shepard, author of The Nixon Conspiracy and The Real Watergate Scandal, for a conversation on how President Richard Nixon was scapegoated by the deep state. Why was Nixon scapegoated? Why were key documents regarding Watergate sealed till 2014? Are movies like “Frost/Nixon” accurate in their portrayal of the Watergate […]

THINGS HIDDEN 67: Jean-Michel Oughourlian on Psycho-Politics

David Gornoski and Shannon Braswell sit down with Dr. Jean-Michel Oughourlian, the co-author of Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World. The conversation touches on the Ukraine war; the opposing values of the West and Russia; the election in France; the problem of immigration and culture; the World Economic Forum; the romantic lie of […]

THINGS HIDDEN 66: Battling to the End III

David Gornoski and Craig Stewart continue their study of Rene Girard’s last book Battling to the End. The discussion, delving into chapter 3 of Girard’s book, revolves around regulated reciprocity in markets; the physical component of desire; differences in Hindu and Greek myths; the obsession with “winning” in politics; the evolution of war; whether a complete […]