THINGS HIDDEN 60: Mattias Desmet on Mimesis and Mass Formation

David Gornoski is joined by Professor Mattias Desmet, psychologist and author of the upcoming book “The Psychology of Totalitarianism.” What is “mass formation” theory and why is it being brought up in light of the pandemic? How is mass formation perpetuated? What are some of the differences between a totalitarian state and a classic dictatorship? How can we stop the emergence of mass formation? Listen to the full conversation to find out.

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  1. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    Thanks for doing this. The best interview with Desmet that I’ve heard. I’m sure that Girard is key to understand our current situation too and also the development of technology, as McLuhan saw. Thanks David this is my area of interest, I’ve been looking for someone who was also thinking along these lines and you are doing an excellent job, really clear, really well informed. Just brilliant.


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