Violence in mimetic theory is not a discrete event or even an external action. Violence is the consequence of a relationship—always a relationship—and never a “lone-wolf” or “random act”. While the victims may be random, the violence is always the result of a mimetic process that unfolds with its own scandals, conflict, and resentment long before things turn violent.

Violence in Mimetic Theory

In a mimetic rivalry, violence tends to be the natural result: when two parties are caught up in a dangerous dance of mimetic reciprocation, a conflict must escalate until to the point where there is eventually violence.

Many times, the violence is done to a scapegoat, by means of the scapegoat mechanism.