Weekly Friday Posts

April 27, 2018

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

When something loses its function it can be difficult to maintain, even when people believe it is important to be maintained.

Many bemoaned the demise of the Mom-and-Pop general store when retailers such as Wal-Mart put them out of business.  What industrious virtue those tiny incubators of community bestowed upon the rest of us!  How tragic that they’ve been replaced by the mindless, corporate gods of greed and c...

April 20, 2018

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

Part of my motivation for launching Saving Elephants was the 2016 Republican presidential primary.  Prior to the election, I believed the greatest risk for the long-term viability of the conservative movement to be the ability of the Republican party—the primary vehicle for instituting conservative policies—to survive the rapidly changing demographics in the United States.  I was only half kidding when I’d tell p...

April 17, 2018

It's tax day!  The least wonderful time of the year.

So Let’s talk about the taxes you pay.  What does conservatism tell us about taxes?  Is taxation theft?  Can we ever get rid of taxes?  What did Arthur Laffer draw on a paper napkin that shaped tax policy for decades?  How can we keep taxes direct, transparent, equal, and proportional?  Does it ever make sense to raise taxes?

All that and more on Saving Elephant's fi...

April 17, 2018

In the 1950s, Russell Kirk almost single-handedly rescued conservative thought from oblivion and made it a force to be reckoned with again by writing The Conservative Mind.  Since his intended audience was academia, much of his tome is a rather dense and difficult read.  But that's what we're here for--to make highbrow conservative thought easily accessible and applicable for you.  Kirk later summarized his basic arguments in the book into a list...

April 13, 2018

Note – Most of the post below is comprised of variations of quotes I’ve seen on social media.  In many cases, only the names/subjects have been altered for maximum irony.

Since the focus of this blog is the restoration of the conservative worldview in the Republican party, I don’t often digress into my religious convictions.  But, as a practicing evangelical Christian, I have been appalled at a certain political trend within the American evangelic...

April 6, 2018

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

“The conservative adheres to CUSTOM, CONVENTION, and CONTINUITY.” Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles*

In Part 1 of this series we discussed the image problem conservatives have among a diverse generation of Millennials. Conservatives mean to conserve biases of the past; unfortunately, bias has become a four-letter word. In Part 2 we explored how unhealthy culture and crumbling institutions leads to unhappi...

April 1, 2018

It turns out the meaning of "conservatism" isn't just up for grabs.  Here we'll learn what conservatism actually means by exploring the writings of old, dead, white guys like Burke, Kirk, Goldwater, and Buckley.  And we'll discuss the three worldviews (economic, foreign policy, and social) that merged to form modern conservatism.

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April 1, 2018

Josh lays out the basic premise behind Saving Elephants: how the Republican party is soon to be endangered, why they're worth saving, and how to do just that.

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April 1, 2018

Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis welcomes listeners as he addresses what they can expect to hear and expect to not hear in future episodes and his motives for launching Saving Elephants.

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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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