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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Resistance is NOT Futile – Part 1

“Conservatives uphold voluntary community, quite as they oppose involuntary collectivism.” Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles Awhile back I wrote a brief series on the conservative principle of variety, noting how Star Trek foretold a future in which barriers of culture, religion, class, nationalities, and politics had given way to global uniformity. This conformity was often celebrated in the series as a noteworthy achievement in the advancement of the human species. Interestingly, the series depicted another kind of uniformity that was portrayed as diabolical. As one of the most memorable villains of the Star Trek franchise, the Borg represented an existential threat to the utop

How does a Conservative differ from a Moderate? – Part 3 (How We’re Different)

Moderates—as we’ve shown in Part 1 and Part 2—have much in common with conservatives. Both recognize the dangers inherent in radicalized ideologies and stand athwart political extremism that seeks to undermine the rule of law and natural rights. While conservatives and moderates may differ on which political policies they advocate, the true difference has less to do with policy squabbles or how strongly they hold their convictions, but in their understanding of the nature of humanity and the role and necessity of institutions. This difference is best reflected in how the conservative and moderate approach radical ideologies. How We Approach Ideologies To rehash where we left off in Part 2:

Episode 15 - Prolife Matters with Kerry Baldwin - Part 1

What does it mean to be prolife? What does it really mean? The abortion debate is one that often evokes knee-jerk reactions. For some, it is THE issue that defines their political biases. It’s paradoxically of the utmost importance but extremely difficult to have an in-depth, frank discussion about a matter that excites such passions and deep convictions. Joining the podcast today is Kerry Baldwin, an independent researcher and writer with a B.A. in Philosophy from Arizona State University. Kerry grew up closely with the prolife movement and was a strong activist in prolife causes. However, dissatisfaction with the political realities of the abortion debate and life circumstances made h

Sasse Strikes Again!

I'm taking a break from the regular weekly blog post this week but didn't want to leave you empty-handed. Senator Ben Sasse--one of the few elected officials in Washington actually saying things worth listening to these days--made headlines with his scathing critique of the Senate's unwillingness to perform its Constitutional duties during the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings. If you haven't heard it, do yourself a favor and check out the video below: Then, earlier this week, Sasse again made headlines. When Jake Tapper asked "Why stay a Republican, why not be an Independent," Sasse responded, "I probably think about it every morning when I get up." An admission that he followed w

How does a Conservative differ from a Moderate? – Part 2 (How We’re Similar)

“Being neither a religion nor an ideology, the body of opinion termed conservatism possesses no Holy Writ and no Das Kapital to provide dogmata. So far as it is possible to determine what conservatives believe, the first principles of the conservative persuasion are derived from what leading conservative writers and public men have professed during the past two centuries.” Thus begins Russell Kirk’s Ten Conservative Principles, which, in my humble opinion, is the best and most succinct description of what conservatives believe. Kirk was admitting there was no official text—no holy Scripture or political manifesto—that perfectly embodied the conservative worldview. Instead, he would rely u

Episode 14 - The Price of Greatness with Jay Cost

Has American politics always been this divisive? Would you believe it was once much worse? National Review columnist and visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Jay Cost joins us to discuss how a difference of opinion in the early days of the American republic led to a fight that can still be felt today. Founding Fathers Alexander Hamilton and James Madison went from being close allies to bitter political opponents shortly after the nation was formed. Jay Cost’s latest book— The Price of Greatness–tells the story of how this epic rivalry between two great men laid the groundwork for much of our political strife today. His message is important in understanding part of what m