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My Interview about Sacrificial Systems on Peace Paradigm Radio

Peace Paradigm RadioI had the great pleasure of discussing the sacrificial system, mimetic desire, scapegoating and peacemaking with my wonderful friends at the Metta Center for Nonviolence, Stephanie Van Hook and Michael Nagler. The interview was broadcast on Peace Paradigm Radio on December 27 and I hope you enjoy our discussion of how René Girard’s insights enable us to take responsibility for our own complicity in the perpetuation of systemic violence. And I hope you’ll become a regular listener of Peace Paradigm Radio which describes itself as “what you can tune into when you tune out of the corporate mass media”. If you care about disrupting the logic that tells us violence is a means to peace, then the insights and interviews that Stephanie and Michael offer are just what you’ve been looking for. My segment begins at 27:30 following Michael’s excellent summation of the logic of the sacrificial system and its ongoing impact in our communities.

 



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  • Andrew McKenna

    I am glad Michael Nagler brings up our criminal justice system, and that Suzanne sees excessive incarceration as a foil to measure our own goodness. Restorative Justice is an effort to correct his by attempting to reinsert offenders back into community by having them face their victims and come to an understanding of their crime and seek to repair damage to the community from within the community. This is even taught in prison to inmates, but often it is too late. The system hardens its inmates, in fact it induces them into more violent behavior, if only for self-protection. The aim of RJ is to keep offenders out of the system altogether, and if it is not pursued much, it is just because of the reason Suzanne alleges: we depend on a prison population against which to justify ourselves as law-abiding, undeserving of punishment. It sounds weird, but only because it does not issue from a series of deliberate, conscious decisions. It is systemic, and Girard is right to talk of scapegoating as a mechanism. There is today widespread acknowledgement of the fact that our criminal justice system is broken: Newsweek labled it a scandal; advocates from reform are to be found on the right and left of the political spectrum. Not much is being done to change it, even though an investment of tax dollars for reform would pale beside the current cost of the system.

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    • Suzanne Ross

      thanks for your comment, Andrew. I’m looking forward to diving deeper with you on the subject when you join our Teaching Nonviolent Atonement video chat on Patheos, January 30. As you say, it sounds weird, but we need to take seriously that we are called to preach, pray and work for release to the captives.

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