Weekly Friday Posts

September 27, 2019

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!

September 17, 2019

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.

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September 6, 2019

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...

September 3, 2019

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 th...

August 30, 2019

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 s...

August 23, 2019

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 discus...

August 20, 2019

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...

August 16, 2019

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:

August 6, 2019

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 tal...

August 2, 2019

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 w...

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About Saving Elephants

Millennials defending and expressing conservative values.

 

Liberty has never been in a more precarious predicament.  As the Left sees a resurgence in socialism the Right is experiencing a rise in populism, nationalism, and authoritarianism.  Once the champions of conservative values, the Republican party is devolving into a group of self-serving career politicians with some even seeking to replace conservatism with blatant bigotry and reactionary fear.

 

If conservatism is to survive in the 21st century it will be up to Millennials.  How?  First by having a solid understanding of what it means to be a conservative and why that matters now more than ever.  And that's exactly what Saving Elephants is all about.  Here you will learn what values conservatives affirm and how conservatism differs from competing ideologies.  Only then will you be equipped to defend and express conservative values to a culture desperate for civil political dialogue, meaningful, vibrant communities, and purpose beyond material possessions.

It’s time the Republican party got back to its roots.  It’s time to re-ignite conservatism for Millennials!

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