Enemy Twins

Post written by Susan Connelly
28 August, 2018
Here is an article I wrote for Eureka Street, 16 August 2018. It is a Girardian reflection on the maiden speech of a Senator which puts the blame for many of Australia’s ills onto migrants, particularly Muslim people. On the same day, I accompanied some students from Holy Spirit College Lakemba and another Sister of St Joseph to the local Mosque, where we expressed our sorrow at the targetting of Muslim people in our society. See photos here. [...]
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Madness is Catching

Post written by Susan Connelly
26 August, 2018
On 23 August 2018 Malcolm Turnbull described the turmoil in the Liberal Party as “madness”. The word perfectly describes the situation which saw his term as Prime Minister brought to an early end. According to the insights of the great philosopher René Girard, “madness” describes the contagion of violence, by which someone, or some group, is punished for the perceived welfare of a dominant group – in other words, the concerted effort to find and punish a scapegoat. The bringing down of yet another sitting Prime Minister is an example of “scapegoating”. Girard presents certain features of the scapegoating process [...]