The Saving Elephants Blog

Featuring original content on classical conservatism, current affairs, and everything in-between, these weekly blog posts will illustrate how the wisdom of the past can be applied to the challenges of today.  The blog is organized by the following categories: Conservative Values (taking a deep dive into specific conservative ideas), Competing Worldviews (comparing and contrasting conservatism with other worldviews), Trumpism (posts related to the Trump phenomenon), Elections (observations on upcoming and past elections), and Cornucopia (posts that don't fit in the previous categories).

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What Conservatives Believe: Life, Liberty, & that Other Thing – Part II

“Conservatives are persuaded that freedom and property are closely linked.” Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles* In Part I of this series we discussed capitalism as the ideal protector of an individual’s natural right to the pursuit of property. We also touched on the competing economic system of socialism. If you’re reading this series for the first time be sure and check out Part I. How Do You Take Your Socialism? Latino or Scandinavian? In Part I I used the term socialist to describe someone who advocates the means of production belong to the state as opposed to the individual. In other words, companies are nationalized and controlled by the state, regulating everything from h

What Conservatives Believe: Life, Liberty, & that Other Thing – Part I

“Conservatives are persuaded that freedom and property are closely linked.” Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles* Life, Liberty, and that Other Thing Among the more familiar bits of the Declaration of Independence is the assertion that “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” When Thomas Jefferson drafted this august document he borrowed heavily from the writings of enlightenment figures, not the least of which was John Locke. But Locke was known for a slightly different three-fold expression of essential rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of property.

What Conservatives Believe: Variety and the Allure of Equality - Part 2

“Conservatives pay attention to the principle of VARIETY.” Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles* In Part 1 of this series we discussed how conservatives celebrate the variety found in all life as an expression of the created order. Because this variety is hardwired into life, conservatives are suspicious of efforts to “correct” these inequalities and believe societies that aim for utopian uniformity end up with tyrannical government. If you’re reading this series for the first time be sure and check out Part 1. Relentless calls for ending inequalities are tempered in a sense of responsibility of the supposed privileged. Inequalities are decried as an injustice; the unalterable real