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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Episode 11 - Tips for Keeping Your Sanity on Social Media

Is your newsfeed a teeming cesspool of ignorance and hatred? Have you taken the time to carefully post your thoughts about some political issue only to be called names that would make a sailor blush with shame? Are you afraid to even share your political positions on Facebook or Twitter? How does one keep their sanity on social media? In this episode, Josh shares two simple principles that's kept him anchored whenever a social media interaction turns nasty. LISTEN HERE Links: David French’s article about the attacks against him and his family on social media: The Price I’ve Paid for Opposing Donald Trump Heather Wilhelm’s article on quitting social media altogether: Quit Social Media for

Stop “Supporting” Trump – Part 1 (because “support” no longer means what it meant)

I want you to stop supporting Trump. Seriously. Stop it right now. You can like the president. You can love the president. You can agree with the president’s judicial and cabinet appointments, his handling of the economy, foreign affairs, domestic policies, and the like. Heck, you can even adore his outlandish, brash tweets both before and after becoming president. But, for the love of all that is good and holy, please stop supporting the president! “Support” no longer means what it meant I suppose I could understand how someone who agrees with what the president is doing would say they “support” him, just as someone who disagrees would say they “oppose” him. But—to be honest—it’s nev

Fat Cats and Expedient Elephants – Part 1

Guest blogger Brian Patrick kicks off this series on business and the GOP. Brian is a historian who’s worked on campaigns at the state and federal level in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. Over the past few decades, a flawed orthodoxy has taken hold in Republican and conservative politics. With fiscal conservatism taking a high priority in conservative ideology, it has become nearly fundamental doctrine that Republicans promote, almost exclusively, entrepreneurs and successful owners of businesses of all sizes for elected office. At the outset, this approach seems reasonable. After all, business is the motor that runs a prosperous capitalist economy. It is a key component in keeping the green f

Episode 10 - Conspiracy Theories with Brian Dunning

Award-winning podcaster Brian Dunning joins Josh to discuss conspiracy theories and their impact on our political climate. Whether it’s allegations that Trump and Putin rigged the 2016 elections, Obama isn’t a natural-born citizen, or Bush and Cheney blew-up the twin towers to justify going to war in the oil-rich Middle East, our political conversations are often bedeviled with conspiratorial thinking. How do we discern the truth from alternative facts or fake news? And how do we tell if we’re in danger of conspiratorial thinking ourselves? Brian Dunning hosts Skeptoid, a weekly science podcast that has been revealing the true science behind popular misinformation and urban legends since

Donning Spandex – Part 6 (Indestructible, Invincible, Power)

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger “The conservative perceives the need for prudent restraints upon power and upon human passions.” Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles The Law of Conservation of Mass in physics states that matter can neither be created nor destroyed. A similar principle applies to political power. The—often unintentional—consequence of depriving one individual or group of power is to divert that power to another individual or group. It may sound laudable to advocate power be taken from our rulers and returned “to the people.” But individual interests are not so easily condensed into a vaguely defined mass of people; and unless “the people” have some mechanism by

Donning Spandex – Part 5 (Captain Conservative’s Segregation of Duties Toolbelt)

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger “The conservative perceives the need for prudent restraints upon power and upon human passions.” Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles As we explored in Part 4, Captain Conservative heroically fought off the twin villains of Anarchy Man and Dr Despot with his trusty Limitation Ray which reduced the scope of government to its bare necessity. This allowed the people to enjoy both liberty and security at a depth and breath that had never been known before. But Captain Conservative knew that Anarchy Man and Dr Despot would not be gone forever. Much like any other perennial supervillain, they’d soon be back. That’s why Captain Conservative turned to ano

Bonus Episode - Happy Independence Day!

Twelve score and two years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. And what the heck does that even mean? In this Saving Elephants bonus episode, Josh gives a crash course in the American revolution and explores whether there’s more to this holiday worth celebrating than blowing stuff up and eating fatty foods. LISTEN HERE #revolution #AmericanRevolution #4thofJuly #foundingfathers

Episode 9 - Labeling Millennials

As the incomparable Tomi Lahren once observed—“I mean, I’m a Millennial, so I don’t really like labels”—Millennials don’t really like labels. Come to think of it, what the heck does the label “Millennial” even mean? Is it just a designation for the arbitrary date you happen to be born, some series of historical events that supposedly shaped your worldview, or how you’re perceived by people much, much older than you? Labels can be impersonal and even pernicious. And yet we are all guilty of labeling people, if only in our minds, into certain groups or subcultures to make sense of the world around us. So what are the limits of generational labeling? In what ways do they help clarify or co