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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Punching Nazis

Here’s a scenario you may have never mulled over: You’re having a conversation with a complete stranger when he announces, in no uncertain terms, that he’s a Nazi. Should you punch him? Doubtless, we’re highly unlikely to ever face this situation as the Nazi regime was punched into oblivion over half a century ago. But I was surprised to learn just how many Should You Punch Nazis? articles are out there. With the rise of the alt-Right and white supremacy groups and the careless proclivity some on the Left have in calling everyone that disagrees with them a “Nazi”, some are beginning to think-through the ethical implications and efficacy of Nazi-punching. In our grandparent and great grandp

Out of Office

I'm taking the week off from the blog as I prepare for another series. Here are some intriguing, inspiring, thought-provoking, and powerful quotes from conservative thinkers to tide you over until I return: G. K. Chesterton, English writer/philosopher “It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.” “Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God.” “Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it.” “You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.” “The secret of life lies in laughter and humility.” “How many excellent thinkers hav

Episode 38 - Rational Femininity with Rachel Bock

Modern feminism claims to fight for equality for women. But what is feminism? And what do they mean by equality? Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis is joined by Rachel Bock, a biologist who abandoned feminism when she came to believe it was leading her away from what she truly wanted in life. Rachel has since been vocal about her experience with feminism and its inherent dangers for women, warning: “When I was a feminist I didn't understand: ‘feminists destroy the family.’ Science progressed. I worked 70+ hr weeks, checking experiments at 3 am, in lab at Christmas....My friends had children. Now they have families and I have publications. Don't make my mistake. I am not saying that gi

Millennial Woes

This week’s post will be a relatively short one as I’m coming off of a five-part series on how conservatives differ from liberals. But a Twitter thread shared by Vince Coglianese, Editorial Director at the Daily Caller, caught my attention. The thread consisted of little to no commentary but listed stat after stat, article after article, depicting an alarmingly dire plight for Millennials. Here’s a sample: Most Millennials are not on track when it comes to saving for retirement with 66% having saved nothing Millennials are the loneliest generation yet with 22 percent saying they have “no friends” Suicide rates for teens and young adults are the highest on record At 35%, more Millennials ar

Episode 37 - Political Nomenclature

Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis is joined once more by veteran guest Bob Burch as they attempt to demystify words and concepts used in political conversations. There are few subjects as likely to lead to a heated disagreement than politics. And, while there are many reasons for this, chief among them is the difficulty in coming up with words to accurately describe different viewpoints. For example, what does conservative really mean? Are we talking about an ideology? Some would say conservatism negates ideology. Is it a political party? That is, would it be fair to call the Republican party the conservative party? But if that’s all there is to it, would it make any difference if the

How does a Conservative differ from a Liberal? Part 5 (Illiberals and Anti-Liberals)

The conservative conserves both ancient and modern wisdom. What happens, then, when ancient and modern wisdom conflict? As I attempted to show in Part 2, the ancients viewed liberty as a balance between freedom from external forces and internal restraints upon our passions. They did not believe the individual was truly “free” if, having been set free from all external authorities, they became enslaved to their animalistic instincts. It was for this reason much of the complex systems of religious traditions, fealty to one’s ruler, and customs and norms were developed—to keep the individual’s appetites in check. Liberalism turned this idea on its head, insisting that the arbitrary power st