Weekly Friday Posts

May 26, 2017

“Conservatives are persuaded that freedom and property are closely linked.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles*

In Part I of this series we discussed capitalism as the ideal protector of an individual’s natural right to the pursuit of property.  We also touched on the competing economic system of socialism.  In Part II we discussed the allure socialism has over Millennials in particular.  In Part III we discussed the difference betwe...

May 5, 2017

“Conservatives are persuaded that freedom and property are closely linked.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles*

In Part I of this series we discussed capitalism as the ideal protector of an individual’s natural right to the pursuit of property.  We also touched on the competing economic system of socialism.  In Part II we discussed the allure socialism has over Millennials in particular.  If you’re reading this series for the first t...

March 26, 2017

“Conservatives are persuaded that freedom and property are closely linked.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles*

In Part I of this series we discussed capitalism as the ideal protector of an individual’s natural right to the pursuit of property.  We also touched on the competing economic system of socialism.  If you’re reading this series for the first time be sure and check out Part I.

How Do You Take Your Socialism?  Latino or Scandi...

March 17, 2017

“Conservatives are persuaded that freedom and property are closely linked.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles*

Life, Liberty, and that Other Thing

Among the more familiar bits of the Declaration of Independence is the assertion that “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”  When Thomas Jefferson drafted this august...

March 3, 2017

“Conservatives pay attention to the principle of VARIETY.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles*

In Part 1 of this series we discussed how conservatives celebrate the variety found in all life as an expression of the created order.  Because this variety is hardwired into life, conservatives are suspicious of efforts to “correct” these inequalities and believe societies that aim for utopian uniformity end up with tyrannical government.  If y...

February 25, 2017

“Conservatives pay attention to the principle of VARIETY.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles*

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is looking forward to a future where we no longer have to decide what to wear each day.  “Anytime I see a movie or a TV show where there’s people from the future, or another planet, they’re all wearing the same thing.”  He observed, “Somehow they decided, ‘this is going to be our outfit: one piece silver jump suit, v-stri...

September 14, 2016

The conservative believes that there exists an ENDURING MORAL ORDER.  That order is made for man, and man is made for it: human nature is a constant, and moral truths are permanent.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles*

If there is one principle of primary importance to the conservative—a principle which distinguishes conservatism from most competing ideologies—it is this: the conservative believes in Natural Law, the existence of un...

August 27, 2016

“Conservatives sense that modern people are dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, able to see farther than their ancestors only because of the great stature of those who have preceded us in time.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles*

In our last post we discussed the belief conservatives hold that traditions should only be abolished with trepidation and much deliberation because they provide a foundation for a stable society.  In this post I’...

August 24, 2016

“The thinking conservative understands that PERMANENCE and PROGRESSION must be recognized and reconciled in a vigorous society.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles*

Have you ever heard it said of someone that they were on the “wrong side of history”?  Though the charge is ubiquitous in politics today it’s most often used by progressives accusing conservatives of being stuck in the past.  Obama said of Mitt Romney during the 2012 Pres...

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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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