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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Donning Spandex – Part 1 (with great power comes great razzmatazz)

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger “The conservative perceives the need for prudent restraints upon power and upon human passions.” Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles Ever since Hollywood discovered the money-making enterprise of cranking out super-hero movies, crime-fighting, spandex donning characters that were previously only known to the sort of people who attend Comic-Con International have become household names. As The Onion hilariously noted, “Green Lantern is a superhero with fans around the world who everyone certainly knew about before they saw the movie’s trailer.” Yeah. Right. These capped crusaders are so ubiquitous that even in my profession—the unenchanting world

How Valuable are Your Values? – Part 4

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger In my view, there were two—and only two—legitimate reasons for voting for Trump: 1) because you believed he’d make a good president, and/or 2) because you believed he would at least be a better president than Hillary. In the runup to the 2016 presidential election a cast of characters as eclectic as that Star Wars cantina scene emerged to quantify the unquantifiable and defend their decision to vote for Trump on purely moral or ideological grounds. Their defenses ranged from bizarre to uninformed to bizarrely uninformed. Trump wasn’t making their task any easier with his duplicitous personal background, race-baiting stump speeches, and refusal to offer co

Episode 6 - Deep Thoughts with Bob - Education

President Bush once said, "Rarely is the question asked, is our children learning?" Actually, the question gets asked all the time with the resounding response NO! So what's the matter with kids today? What's wrong with education? Why is our children not learning? Is the problem not enough funding? Not enough parental involvement? No prayer in school? Too many guns? Not enough teachers with guns? Was John Dewey full of it and are waterfalls truly sublime? Josh is joined by Bob Burch to discuss the conservative approach to education and to explore what's actually at the heart of our educational woes. LISTEN HERE For further reading on some of the books discussed in the show I'd hig

Please Stand By...

Greetings dear readers... Yours truly is taking a brief hiatus from our regular weekly Friday blog posts to spend some time completing the next podcast episode that will be available this coming Tuesday. Look for the blog to resume next week. In the meanwhile, if you came here to satisfy a craving for quality conservatism, you might enjoy this recent article by Ben Shapiro on the gap that exists between young and old conservatives and how to potentially "win back" America's youth to the cause. While I find Shapiro's argument mostly compelling, I am far less optimistic about conservatism (or civil society, for that matter) existing and thriving in the West if we are witnessing the demise of

How Valuable are Your Values? – Part 3

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger Irving Kristol, the “father” of neoconservatism, wrote something to the effect of what we once called “virtues” we now defensively call “values.” This idea haunts me. The exchange of “values” for “virtues” carries with it an implication. It implies we lost something in the exchange. Namely, the ability to believe some things are just inherently deserving, without having to title them in economic terms to get the point across. We might have just as well called them “essentials” or “necessaries” or “seriously-totally-not-kidding-these-are-highly-importants.” Much like the person who texts in all caps and ends every sentence with a triple exclamation poin

Episode 5 - Russell Kirk's 10 Conservative Principles Part 2

In the 1950s, Russell Kirk almost single-handedly rescued conservative thought from oblivion and made it a force to be reckoned with again by writing The Conservative Mind. Since his intended audience was academia, much of his tome is a rather dense and difficult read. But that's what we're here for--to make highbrow conservative thought easily accessible and applicable for you. Kirk later summarized his basic arguments in the book into a list of Ten Conservative Principles. In Part 1 we discussed the first five of those principles. Today we cover the last five: LISTEN HERE #RussellKirk #10conservativeprinciples #TheConservativeMind #6PrincipleofImperfectability #PropertyRights #communi