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 [...]
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