Weekly Friday Posts

December 31, 2018

Since the end of a year is dedicated to both reflecting on the past and looking towards the future, I thought it would be apropos to take a look back at where Saving Elephants has been this past year and—more importantly—the state of conservatism in 2019 and beyond.

No one wants to be a loser, and these days it seems like conservatives are in full retreat.  Whether that’s a Trump supporter who voted for the president as some last-ditch effort to f...

December 28, 2018

As we close out 2018 I thought it would be apropos to take a look back at where Saving Elephants has been this past year.

The Blog

While the Saving Elephants blog began towards the end of the 2016 presidential election, posts were often released haphazardly as I found the time and interest to write.  I suspect there weren’t many of you who checked into the website all that often to see if there just happened to be any updates.  As a result, readers...

December 21, 2018

What is nationalism?  In Part 1 I concurred with National Review correspondent Michael Brendan Dougherty, who believes “nationalism is patriotism in its irritated state”.  When examining nationalism we must first recognize we’re dealing with less of a cohesive worldview than a group reaction to a perceived threat.  Reactions are neither good nor bad in and of themselves.  The only real way to judge a reaction is to examine the circumstances surro...

December 18, 2018

Among the ideas that have made Western civilization unique from other civilizations is the notion that humans are limited.  From the ancient Greek and Roman philosophies to the Christian and Judaic teachings, Western civilization was the first to draw a stark contrast between what it meant for humans to strive for nobility over fanciful deity.  Bob Burch joins Josh once again to discuss this seemingly obvious, but surprisingly nuanced and highly...

December 7, 2018

In attempting to compare and contrast the conservative to the nationalist I must first—in all futility—attempt to define what I mean by “nationalism”.  There appears to be little consensus not only on what nationalists believe, but what sort of thing nationalism even is.  Is it a worldview, an ideology, an ethnic or cultural or historical identity, an attitude, or some kind of esoteric tribalism?

Trump says he’s a Nationalist

Compounding the proble...

December 4, 2018

Libertarian lawyer Christina Sandefur joins the show to share her passion for defending your right to private property.  Who benefits when governments protect private property?  The super wealthy?  Landowners?  Corporations?  Or all of us?  Just how important are property rights?  Are they some antiquated concoction that made since when most of us were farmers, or is it possible this often overlooked right holds the key to what it means to enjoy...

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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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