The Surprising Conformity of Non-Conformists

The Orthodoxy of Heterodoxy—or what the social theorist René Girard has to teach us about the clustering of ideas, even from those who style themselves independent.

Illustration Credit: Mark Armstrong, originally for the book ‘Wanting’

Even heterodox thinkers have become predictable in their heterodoxy. There are exclusive clubs to join, like the…



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Luke Burgis

Author of “WANTING: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life.” Find more at