Power, Crowds, Violence and Desire in Elias Canetti and Rene Girard by Luca Luchesini
Series: Reflections on Mimesis, Politics, and History, Introducing Mimesis and Power.
Approx. 5,110 words.
Published on December 27, 2012.
The essay nails down the key ideas about the origin of power and the behavior of human crowds as explained by Elias Canetti in his monumental work “Crowds and Power” and connects the dots with those of Rene Girard about desire, violence and religion to provide a comprehensive theory of the origins of power and religion.