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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Fall 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 October to refresh and refocus. The podcast will still go out as scheduled and—come November—we should be back up and running with more great content. Until then, enjoy the cooler weather everybody!

Episode 40 - Conservatives Care

Do conservatives care? Those are the Right are often characterized as uncaring. But what do we mean by caring? Does the conservative worldview make us distant and calculating, or does it open the way for us to care for one another without abandoning sensible policies? Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis is joined once more by Bob Burch to untangle these questions and more.

How to Entrap a Political Enemy

The following was written by Bob Burch, my friend and frequent guest on the podcast who last appear on Episode 39 – Variety vs Equality. I have read about the tiff between Democrat presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke and Meghan McCain on the topic of how gun owning Americans will react to the proposed gun confiscations and red flag laws. And my first thought was that it is frightening how prophetic history can be. I have been reading Volkogonov’s biography of Lenin which describes how Lenin designed the scheme for the destruction of organized religion in the Soviet Union and I find the story relevant. Let me set the scene. Lenin hated religion for both philosophical and political reasons. A

Beyond Reason – Part 1

During the eighteenth century there emerged an explosion of intellectual, philosophical, political, and economic ideas that swept across the Western world collectively referred to as The Enlightenment. These ideas led to unprecedented breakthroughs in science, the emergence of the free market, revolutions and political upheaval, and massive shifts in how people thought about the concepts of God, the role of the church and state, society, and the individual. It would be an understatement to say that this was an exciting time to be alive. Nearly every prejudice, presupposition, institution, and idea were being pulled apart, questioned, reconstructed, or discarded. Systems of government that

Episode 39 - Variety vs Equality

Join Josh Lewis and Bob Burch as they explore the surprisingly nuanced idea of equality and show why conservatives have valued variety over equality. Visions of the future are often replete with uniformity not (currently) seen on earth. Star Trek foretells a future in which barriers of culture, religion, class, nationalities, and politics have given way to global unity at times extending beyond even the human race. The conservative recognizes that such a world wouldn’t be one of living long and prospering, but an authoritarian dystopia obliterating the varieties that make civilization a possibility. The conservative is a wet blanket on starry-eyed fantasies of a world where distinctions in