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!... Show More

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September 15, 2020 69 min

Many Evangelicals and conservatives share an embattlement mindset.  Somehow we’re always losing the culture wars despite political gains and cultural acceptance, and even when we’re in the majority politically or enjoy unprecedented influence we can’t shake the feeling that the other shoe is about to drop.  No majority, position, or gain is ever secure and we’re just one election away from losing everything.

 

But where does this e...

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Stephanie Kelton’s book The Deficit Myth released in June was just the latest in a series of books, blogs, articles, podcasts, and videos extoling the virtue of Modern Monetary Theory (or “MMT”).  We’re told that governments that have sovereignty over their currency can afford a wide array of social programs from entitlement expansion to generous welfare benefits to the Green New Deal.  Leftist are ecstatic that they finally have a...

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With everything else going on, it’s easy to forget 2020 is still a presidential election year.  To help us navigate the coming election, Josh welcomes Sarah Isgur to talk about national elections, money in politics, how much gender and race is a factor in elections, and how much influence campaigns really have in determining the outcome of an election.

 

Sarah Isgur is a writer and podcast host at The Dispatch where she specializes...

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School districts across America are faced with unprecedented challenges as they weigh their options in reopening classrooms in the midst of a global pandemic.  But could these challenges point the way to interesting opportunities to find innovative ways to educate and even allow for a healthy debate on the purpose of education in the first place?

 

Perennial optimist and returning guest Brooke Medina believes this is the case and s...

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As Millennial conservatives know, conservatism gets a bad wrap in our generation.  Conservatism is a hard sell on the young in general because it begins by challenging our natural inclinations towards innovation, novelty, and the pursuit of progress and revolution over gratitude and reform.  And far too often, older conservatives fail to understand the unique historical inputs—the Great Recession, 9-11, our increasingly digital and...

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Josh forgoes the podcast guest this episode and offers some thoughts on how the conservative worldview differs from the worldview of secularism, scientism, and materialism.

Secularism can mean the belief that governments should remain neutral on the matter of religion and should not enforce nor prohibit the free exercise of religion, leaving religious choice to the liberty of the people.  However, this describes a viewpoint held by...

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Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis was interviewed by J. Cal Davenport and Seth Root on their podcast In The Trenches Podcast back in May.  Their conversation has been released in this bonus episode and includes a discussion on:

  • Josh’s decision to step down from the Republican party in 2016.
  • How Saving Elephants came to be
  • How Millennials are similar to other generations in how they respond to persuasion on political questions and how...
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    Today the term “neocon” is often used to depict someone as war hawkish or part of “The Establishment”.  And it’s often used as a pejorative.  To call someone a neocon is to imply they are part of the problem, unsympathetic to the plight of the average Joe, and, quite possibly, evil.

    Neocon is, of course, short for “neoconservative”.  But what is neoconservatism?  Is it simply a group of elitist gloooobalists on the Right who profit...

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    In the wake of the global pandemic, American attitude on trade with China is beginning to sour.  Is president Trump’s hawkish stance on free trade the right way to go?  Has free trade made us more prosperous or mere stooges of foreign governments who take our jobs and rob us of billions in trade deficits?  Joining Josh to untangle these important issues is Scott Lincicome, international trade attorney and adjunct scholar at the Cat...

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    Versatile author, stand-up comedian, and podcaster Andrew Heaton joins Josh to untangle the complex web of models and metrics for identifying someone’s political persuasions.  Both Andrew and Josh feel uncomfortable with the simply Left/Right scale—and it’s not just because they’re chary of adopting the political paradigm of dead Frenchmen.  No political identification model is perfect, but Andrew and Josh attempt to weigh the meri...

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    What is the real purpose of getting an education?  And what benefits does a proper education bring to the individual and to society at large?  What became of the radically conservative cult(ure) of ATI, Bill Gothard, I Kissed Dating Goodbye courtships, and denim-skirt-wearing coalitions of Christian home schoolers of the 80s and 90s?  Does homeschooling have its cultish elements today, or are conservative homeschoolers more…conserv...

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    Russell Kirk contributed more to modern American conservatism than arguably anyone else!  Yet few who call themselves conservative today are familiar with the name “Kirk”—unless they’re referring to Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA.  No offense to Charlie but comparing him to Russell is like comparing the works of William Shakespeare to whatever the last thing Bill Mitchell tweeted.

    Who was Russell Kirk?  Why is he co...

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    Conservative Millennials who came of age listening to rightwing radio hosts such as Rush Limbaugh probably associate political conversations about the environment with the likes of Al Gore railing against global warming and sundry other Environmentalist Wacko warnings of environmental apocalyptic doom.  Much of what the Right had to say about environmental concerns was that they were frequently overblown and often used by the Left...

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    Saving Elephants turns two years old this April Fools Day—no joke!—and we’re celebrating with a bonus episode.  Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis recently appeared in the guest line-up on Calvin Moore’s Leading Questions podcast.  Leading Questions hosts Calvin, Kent, and Steve sit down with Millennials Kelly Cleaver (representing the political Left) and Josh Lewis (representing the Right) to discuss the major differences between Re...

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    As the polarization between the two political parties increases where does that leave principled conservatives?  Are we simply outcasts, or the new centrists?  Justin Stapley returns to the show to discuss the state of the GOP, what he considered to be the “last straw” that led him to leave the Republican party earlier this year, the impeachment proceedings, his objections to “vote blue no matter who”, the changing political landsc...

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    The tables are turned in this special bonus episode as Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis is the interviewee in a conversation that was originally included in The End of History podcast.   Podcaster JB Shreve conducted a series of interviews of Christians of various political persuasions to ask about their expectations and recommendations in the upcoming 2020 election. JB had invited Josh to join as the “conservative” participan...
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    March 17, 2020 46 min
    Let us begin with some unsettling facts:
  • You will die someday.
  • It is quite possible your death will be painful and frightening.
  • For some, death comes tragically early and unexpectedly.
  • For some, death comes much later and is fully expected, after years of the body and mind steadily deteriorating to the point vital organs no longer function.
  • If you live long enough, everyone you care about now will die.
  • I’m not tr...
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    Civility is essential to civil society. It puts the "civil" in civilization and allows for a system of ordered liberty to flourish. But what do we do when political opponents refuse to behave with civility? Can civility become a weakness in the face of those willing to risk incivility to get their way? Is it possible to both fight for what we believe while maintaining civility, or are these ideas in conflict with one anoth...
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    February 25, 2020 62 min

    In Saving Elephants’ first ever cross-over podcast, Saving Elephants host is joined by Bill Roberts, host of the Departied podcast.  Bill’s podcast delves into his decision to leave the Republican party amid his growing concerns with how the party’s values aligned with his Christian faith.  Meanwhile, Josh, who is also a professing Christian, hosts a podcast that, while not religious in nature, encourages Millennials to work to re...

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    Josh and Bob continue their discussion from last week, further demystifying socialism.  The episode opens with a three-minute clip of Leftist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) responding to a moderator’s questions in a recent townhall.  Her brief clip encapsulates much of the socialist mindset Josh and Bob had discussed in Part 1.

     

    After recapping their understanding of socialism, Josh and Bob turn to the three most com...

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