Weekly Friday Posts

July 19, 2019

Years ago, comedian and director Woody Allen had the legendary conservative icon William F. Buckley on his TV show.  The audience was invited to ask questions of either of them when someone asked: “Mr. Allen, in your terms, what does liberal mean?”  Woody Allen responded:

“Liberal [pause] well, you’ve got me on this [another pause] I, um, if—let me—if a girl will neck with me, she’s liberal.  If Mr. Buckley will neck with me, he’s very libera...

May 24, 2019

For those of us who enjoy talking politics, conversations with likeminded friends often involve a certain degree of whimsical solving the world’s problems.  I say whimsical because we know good and well whatever solutions we offer up aren’t actually going to be put into practice in full force because—for starters—we’re not in charge.  These conversations have an air of ill-fated hope, much like friends who divulge what they’d do if they just happ...

October 19, 2018

“Conservatives uphold voluntary community, quite as they oppose involuntary collectivism.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

I recall an old joke about two Russian neighbors living in the Soviet Union that lacked in humor what is made up for in insight:

The first Russian asks his neighbor, “Comrade, if you had two million rubles, would you give me one million?”  His neighbor responds, “Of course I would.”  “And,” continued the first Russi...

October 12, 2018

“Conservatives uphold voluntary community, quite as they oppose involuntary collectivism.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

Conservatives are promoters of the rights of the individual while also recognizing a higher moral order such as Judeo-Christian teachings or some philosophical understanding of moral law.  The individual is not supreme in the conservative’s worldview, but the rights of the individual are superior to the whims and d...

October 5, 2018

“Conservatives uphold voluntary community, quite as they oppose involuntary collectivism.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

Genuine community emerges locally and voluntarily.

A community may include some local political bodies, private associations, guilds, or families that enforce certain rules.  A community may have members who don’t necessarily agree with every aspect of those rules yet, nevertheless, willingly submit to them out of a...

September 28, 2018

“Conservatives uphold voluntary community, quite as they oppose involuntary collectivism.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

Awhile back I wrote a brief series on the conservative principle of variety, noting how Star Trek foretold a future in which barriers of culture, religion, class, nationalities, and politics had given way to global uniformity.  This conformity was often celebrated in the series as a noteworthy achievement in the ad...

May 1, 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...

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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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