Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

The Saving Elephants Podcast features engaging conversations about conservative values with a mercifully modern twist. Tired of political shock-talk and rank punditry on your radio and TV? Curious about what conservative thinkers of yesteryear had to say but don't have time to read some terribly long, boring book they wrote? Want to learn why conservatism still holds value for Millennials today? Join us as we re-ignite conservatism for Millennials!

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May 17, 2022 97 min

As more and more working-class Americans join the Republican party some voices on the Right are advocating the GOP become the worker’s party—a role that has traditionally been held by various movements and parties of the Left.  Is there any merit to this idea?  What is the history of labor relations and the Right and Left in the United States?  How have labor unions and right to work laws evolved over the past century?  Do national...

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Historian George Nash returns to the show to discuss the life and legacy of Herbert Hoover.

 

Few American presidents are as decried by voices on both the Left and Right as Herbert Hoover.  His name has become synonymous with economic suffering and callous Federal response.  But Dr. Nash contends that the popular narrative linking Hoover to the catastrophes of the Great Depression do a great injustice to the actual historical accou...

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April 19, 2022 73 min

Julie Mastrine of AllSides joins Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis in a freewheeling conversation about the media.  Conservatives love to complain of the liberal media bias, but are their complaints founded or over exaggerated?  Do “both sides” have a bias problem?  How do they differ and how are they similar?  Are there times when bias is acceptable and even welcome?  Is bias the same as inaccuracy or dishonesty?  How might you ide...

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Josh engages in a Cannonball Run conversation with Bo Winegard across a wide variety of subjects from how Bo found himself migrating from the political Left to the Right, whether Edmund Burke believed in natural rights, how one might approach Burke from both a religious and secular angle, the curious tendency of the academic Left to erect strawman versions of conservatism, the limitations of Thomas Sowell’s constrained vs. unconstr...

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In this re-podcast episode Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis joins his committed liberal friend David Blatt on Andrea Klunder’s show The Creative Impostor to discuss the differences between the Right and the Left, why we’re so polarized, and how civil dialogue might be restored.

 

About Andrea Klunder

Andrea Klunder is the Creative Director, Media Strategist and Podcast Producer behind The Creative Impostor Studios.  Andrea works wi...

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The British theologian and philosopher G. K. Chesterton observed that “religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion.  In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it.”  When we talk openly about political or religious matters, we risk endangering relationships.  Yet politics and religion are immensely important topics that ought not to be ignored for the sake of avoiding a...

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February 15, 2022 72 min

How secure and reliable are elections in the United States?

 

The Left and Right are both replete with voices warning of the dire consequences of the “other side” getting their way.  And nowhere is this more evident than with concerns about the legitimacy of elections.  Whether it’s the Right’s concerns with voter fraud and election theft or the Left’s apprehensions about voter suppression and disenfranchisement, Americans are grow...

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Saving Elephants officially hits 100 episodes!  Host Josh Lewis is joined by Alan Wolan to discuss their mutual admiration for the writings and ideas of Thomas Sowell.

 

Thomas Sowell, along with Edmund Burke, Russell Kirk, and William F. Buckley, comprise the Mt. Rushmore of thinkers who best exemplify the conservatism espoused by Saving Elephants.  Sowell is an American economist, social theorist, and researcher whose nine decade...

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Few individuals have had as deep an impact on modern conservative thought, yet remain in relative obscurity, as Willmoore Kendall.  The conservative English professor Jeffrey Hart said of Kendall that he was "the most important political theorist to have emerged in the twenty-odd years since the end of World War II."  Kendall’s writings are thought-provoking, challenging, contentious, scrupulous, and, often, innovative.  Hi...

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New York Times columnist Ross Douthat joins Josh Lewis to talk about his recent memoir The Deep Places.  His book tells of his recent journey in battling chronic Lyme disease and his reflections on illness, discovery, and hope.

 

Ross’ story begins prior to the illness in which he was attempting to build the life he’d always dreamed of.  “At that moment in my life I only really believed in upside…I wrote my share of words on the p...

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Christmastime is here, a season of joy and merriment, happy gatherings of family and friends, peace on earth and goodwill to all.  Both tradition and pop culture remind us that all is merry and bright this time of year.  And yet for some who are grieving the holiday season only amplifies sorrow.  As the rest of the world is making merry the pains of suffering and loss seem unbearable and profoundly alienating.

 

The British statesm...

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Hosts of the Conservative Minds podcast Kyle Sammin and Corey Astill join Josh to discuss the timeless questions of what conservatism actually means, how the Left more utopian than they often admit, whether they actually read all eight hundred pages of Whittaker Chambers’ Witness, and which tomes and authors are indispensable to the serious conservative thinker.

 

About Conservative Minds

A podcast about conservative ideas and thin...

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In this re-podcast from America’s Future Facebook live interview, Ericka Andersen interviews Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis about his motivations for launching Saving Elephants.  Also discussed are the worsening partisanship and tribalism in recent years and possible solutions to a healthier political dialogue.

 

About Ericka Andersen

Ericka Andersen is a freelance writer and digital media marketing professional.  Her writings co...

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For the Trump-skeptical conservative, the past five years have been dizzyingly disconcerting.  We’ve often felt politically homeless and even out of step from the power centers on both the Left and Right.  What’s a principled conservative to do?  What is the long-term goal of the movement?  What future might we practically hope for and what goals are overly optimistic and detached from reality?

 

Returning guest Justin Stapley join...

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Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis offers a conservative critique of socialism.

 

It’s hardly news that socialism is gaining in popularity among younger Americans.  Yet it’s more difficult to ascertain what Millennials have in mind when they express support for socialism or socialist candidates.  Do they mean Marxism or the numerous varieties of Communist authoritarian regimes tried over the past century, European-style “socialism”, ...

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Founded in 1953, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) has remained on the forefront of the conservative intellectual movement with a particular focus on ensuring college students are equipped with the tools they need to explore the conservative worldview.  During the tumultuous begins of the modern conservative movement in the United States, ISI embraced many of the views and adherents of both the libertarian and traditional...

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October 5, 2021 91 min

As the old adage goes, variety is the spice of life.  And the conservative heartily agrees.  Variety, not uniformity, is what gives life its vitality and each life the potential for self-actualization and the opportunity for each of us to develop in our own unique way.  But is variety compatible with equality?  What do we mean by equality, and how might equality be established?  What is the relationship between equality, progress, ...

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Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis is joined by Ian Rowe and Nique Fajors—two black Harvard Business School graduates—who hope to change the narrative and highlight the positive achievements of black men in the United States.  What is wrong with the common narrative surrounding black men?  How much has changed over recent decades and are those changes adequately reflected in the narrative?

 

Ian and Nique host The Invisible Men, a po...

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America’s history of bigotry and racism have left wounds that fester to this day.  How might the country make amends to those racial minorities who were harmed?  To what extent are white Americans responsible for addressing wrongs perpetrated by their ancestors?  To what extent can the effects of these past sins be measured and known?

 

These are not easy questions, nor is there much consensus on where we go from here.  But there i...

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Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis joins Dennis Sanders on his podcast En Route to discuss the past, present, and future of the GOP and conservative movements, what younger generations of Americans have to offer the country, and where the #NeverTrump movement went wrong.

 

About Dennis Sanders

Dennis Sanders is a blogger, podcaster, pastor, and media and technology professional.  He hosts En Route, a podcast about the journey focusin...

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