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Ivan Illich’s Critique of Modern Healthcare

In this episode, David Gornoski is joined by John Dasgupta, a writer for A Neighbor’s Choice, and the two discuss the state-hijacking of health institutions worldwide. David and John also talk about how the Gospel accounts gave rise to the universal concern for victims of violence; how this concern for victim is twisted by the […]

Tucker Goodrich on Good and Bad Fats, Intermittent Fasting

Is there room for self-defense in Jesus’ worldview of nonviolence? In this episode, David Gornoski explains the true meaning of Habeas Corpus and why the West must revive this concept to survive. Plus, Tucker Goodrich joins the show to talk about whether butter and cheese can prevent heart attacks; good and bad fats; intermittent fasting; […]

The Gospel Defeat of Violent Contagion

How can we possibly choose peace when people around us want to use political coercion and state violence against us? David Gornoski explains why the key to living nonviolently is the imitation of Jesus. How does Christianity transform a culture’s violent history? Is victimism a spinoff of Christianity? What is the best method to break […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why All Good Social Justice Warriors Support Presumption of Innocence

This classic essay was originally published at Intellectual Takeout on October 11, 2018. I have a friend in Papua New Guinea named Monica Paulus who was accused of casting sorcery spells because a person died in her village. Her neighbors almost murdered her until she fled the region. Now she works to save other women falsely accused […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reject the Black Pill and Embrace Hope

The human person is not expendable, David Gornoski says as he begins the show with a thorough case against collectivism and for non-violent solutions. How can we look past political deterioration and seek out authentic scientific and cultural solutions? How can we reject taking the black pill and find hope? Who do we imitate to […]