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 29 - Conservative Minds with Kyle Sammin

“Welcome to Conservative Minds – a podcast dedicated to examining conservative intellectual history to determine the core values of American conservatism. What does it mean to call yourself a conservative? What did it mean in prior times and how did we get where we are today? We explore these questions and more by turning to conservative political thinkers from the past and present. Each episode we select readings and conduct a discussion to share with you our investigation.” Thus begins each episode of the Conservative Minds podcast. In a dizzying weekly release, cohosts Corey Astillck and Kyle Sammin read a notable work of a conservative intellectual leader and hold a discussion summa

Spring Break

This is just a brief note to let my loyal readers know I’ll be taking a break from my regular Friday blog posts through the month of April to refresh and refocus. The podcast will still go out as scheduled and—come May—we should be back up and running with more great content. Until then, enjoy the lovely weather everybody! Josh

Episode 28 - Unjust with Noah Rothman

There are just two problems with social justice: it’s not social and it’s not justice. So says Noah Rothman, Saving Elephants’ guest and author of the new book Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America. Noah walks us through the evolution of the concept of justice in the West to show how some political activists (perhaps unwittingly) have twisted it. Social justice may be well intentioned and be useful as a philosophical perspective. But when applied to practical politics, the results are anything but just. Perhaps most surprisingly, social justice is no longer chiefly a tool of the Left, as some groups on the Right are learning how to wield the weapon of retribution. In a socie