Weekly Friday Posts

November 29, 2019

Let us consider where we’ve come so far:

In Part 1 we talked about how many people who lived during the Age of Reason were of the opinion that mankind was entering a golden era in which the superstitious dogmas and doctrines of the past would give way to a pure pursuit of reason.  Thus, humans would live in harmony as their political leaders relied upon their superior reasoning to chart a prosperous, equitable, and peaceful future.

In Part 2 we dis...

November 22, 2019

Years ago, a friend asked if I knew of any verses in the King James translation of the Bible that warned against gossiping.  They asked me because I’d grown up in a Free Holiness church where only the King James translation was read.  Yet I was surprised to learn the word gossip didn’t appear.  Instead, the good King’s English used the word talebearer to signify one who engages in idle, possibly malicious talk.

Did You Hear What Happened to G...

November 15, 2019

Some claim that today’s conservatives are nothing more than yesterday’s liberals—that conservatism is always on the defensive and fighting an uphill battle before eventually succumbing to the Left’s understanding of equality, or civil rights, or entitlements, or what have you.  Now, there is some truth to this idea as conservatives do acknowledge that change or some sense of progression is necessary even to conserve the institutions and tradition...

November 8, 2019

William F. Buckley famously defined a conservative as “someone who stands athwart history, yelling ‘STOP’!”  By that definition, few have embraced a conservative impulse better than Edmund Burke.

Burke lived during the tumultuous time of the French revolution.  The revolutionaries prided themselves on tearing down the old French monarch built on history, tradition, and religious faith and erecting a republic built on reason alone.  As we saw in...

November 1, 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 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...

July 23, 2019

The following was written by guest blogger Justin Stapley.  His bio appears at the the end of the post.

Last month here at the Saving Elephants blog, my good friend Josh Lewis weighed in on the growing conflict among American conservatives over the continuing viability of classical liberal ideas.  I agree with many things in his piece.  Observers of this ever-increasing conflict might find it interesting to note that while Josh admits he is “compe...

June 14, 2019

There is a debate currently raging within Western conservatism that has the potential to erupt in a full-fledged civil war.  Both sides—in my opinion—have legitimate beefs with the other side and come from intellectually-sound foundations.  But one side—again, in my opinion—is largely occupied by representatives teetering on the edge of operating in bad faith and at risk of abandoning any semblance of conservatism whatsoever.  Let me begin with w...

July 13, 2018

 Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

“The conservative perceives the need for prudent restraints upon power and upon human passions.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

The Law of Conservation of Mass in physics states that matter can neither be created nor destroyed.  A similar principle applies to political power.  The—often unintentional—consequence of depriving one individual or group of power is to divert that power to another individu...

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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.

 

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