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 4, 2021 99 min

Syndicated columnist, author, podcaster, and political commentator Jonah Goldberg joins Josh to discuss his work in conservative media, their shared concerns with the direction of the country and sanity of the GOP, and why Woodrow Wilson was possibly an even worse human being than James Buchanan.

 

Jonah Goldberg hosts The Remnant, a podcast featuring a “Cannonball Run”-style cast of stars, has-beens, and never-weres to address th...

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How often have you heard someone say of a Republican politician that they don’t necessarily approve of everything they do or say, but at least they fight?  What exactly do we mean when we say—often approvingly—that someone is a fighter?  Why is the Right so concerned with whether or not someone is fighting?  Who are they supposed to be fighting, and what does it mean to fight?  What is the role of civility in public discourse, and ...

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“There's a well-worn tale about modern American conservatism,” writes Stephanie Slade in her piece for Reason entitle Is There a Future for Fusionism?  “It says that the movement as we know it came into being during the mid–20th century as a ‘fusionist’ coalition of economic libertarians and religious traditionalists.  These groups, whose goals and priorities differed from the start, were held together mainly by two things: the...

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The Saving Elephants podcast turns three years old today—no joke!  To celebrate Saving Elephants is releasing a bonus episode: a re-podcast from the Conservative Minds podcast where Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis joined Corey Astill and Kyle Sammin to discuss Frank Meyer’s classic book What Is Conservatism?

 

Conservative Minds is a podcast about conservative ideas and thinkers.  Hosts Corey and Kyle explore what it means to cal...

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Host of the Leading Questions podcast Calvin Moore joins Josh to discuss his journey away from the Evangelical faith and a traditional, conservative, Republican culture.  Calvin became disillusioned with the Christianity of his upbringing and dissuaded from the politics commonly attached to it over many years of wrestling with hypocrisies and disingenuous arguments.  His story is an excellent example of the dangers in short-sighted...

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Women on the Right have an invisibility problem.  It’s not that they’re nonexistent, it’s that they’re often overlooked by the Fox News stereotype of what is believed to constitute a conservative woman.  So says Leslie Loftis, longtime curator of publications from conservative women.

 

Leslie and Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis delve into the challenges women on the Right face and what unique strengths they might bring to the Repu...

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In this crossover episode friend of the podcast Justin Stapley invites Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis onto his show Self-Evident to discuss self-evident truths and what it means to hold truth in tension.

The conversation includes thoughts on whether or not our inalienable rights are “self-evident”, the genius of American founders, Jeffersonian, Lockean liberalism vs. Hamiltonian, Burkean conservatism, why John Adams didn’t make ...

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The million-dollar question within conservatism these days is what happens now?  After the tumultuous years of the Trump administration and with a Republican party gearing up for civil war to determine who owns the heart and soul of the Right, to say nothing of looming questions of the role of nationalism and populism competing against conservatism, it’s difficult to predict how all of this will ultimately shake out.

 

Joining Savi...

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Tomorrow Joe Biden will be sworn in as our 46th President.  Yet this inauguration will mark the first time in American history that the outgoing president refused to accept the results of the election and actively worked to overturn them.  And, for the first time in modern American history, we were deprived on a peaceful transfer of power.

 

On January 6, 2021 our country was attacked.  My country.  Your country.  Though the events...

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One year ago today, on January 12, 2020, Sir Roger Scruton died at the age of 75.  Thus passed one of the greatest intellectual minds of the past century.  Scruton was an English philosopher and writer who specialized in aesthetics and political philosophy.  He wrote over 50 books on philosophy, art, music, politics, literature, culture, sexuality, and religion, as well as novels and two operas.  Yet his greatest achievement, accor...

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January 5, 2021 61 min

What is the opposite of conservatism?  It’s liberalism, right?  Well…it’s not quite that simple.  Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis goes guestless in this episode to take a deep dive into the good, the bad, and the ugly of liberalism and to explain why liberalism, far from being the opposite of conservatism, is actually much of what conservatism is trying to conserve.

 

But to get there we first need to untangle what we mean by libe...

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Last week cohosts Cal Davenport and Seth Root of the In The Trenches podcast invited Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis on their show for some no holds barred discourse around the topic of whether David French’s recommendations for addressing the growing political divide in the country are sufficient, achievable, and ideal or fail to go far enough.  Throughout the conversation Cal and Josh appeal to Burkean arguments while Seth holds...

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Among the legions of intellectuals and academics milling about Washington D.C., few commands more respect than Yuval Levin.  Yuval has worked in the nation’s capital for decades and has a surprisingly hopeful message for the prospects of conservatism’s future and the fate of the republic.  Yet he is soberminded about the challenges we face, chiefly the failure of our institutions to form us into the kind of people fit to live in a ...

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December 1, 2020 127 min

About a year ago Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis and frequent guest Bob Burch did a series exploring the American Presidencies from a conservative perspective.  The discussion took place over three episodes:

Part 1 – George Washington through Abraham Lincoln

Part 2 – Andrew Johnson through Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Part 3 – Harry S. Truman through Jimmy Carter

The series ended with Jimmy Carter as he was the last president to s...

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Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis participated in a panel discussion on the podcast Leading Questions with Calvin Moore to discuss the possible impact of a Biden presidency on the Republican and Democratic parties, the historic nature of Kamala Harris being the first female VP, and the future of American political discourse.  This is a rebroadcast of that panel discussion.  The panel also includes Leading Questions hosts Calvin, Ken...

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The 18th century British statesman Edmund Burke is often credited as being the father of modern conservatism.  His most famous work—Reflections on the Revolution in France—is heralded as the most eloquent counter-revolutionary political text ever written and lays much of the foundation for the conservative mindset of the West.  Yet Burke is challenging to read and comprehend.  His 18th century prose and deeply complex arguments see...

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Saving Elephants’ own Josh Lewis hosts an election night panel to discuss the incoming results of the race and what it may mean for the future of the country, Republican and Democratic parties, and conservative movement.

Meet the panelists:

 

Brooke Medina:

Brooke Medina is a homeschool mother of four and the Director of Communications at Civitas Institute where she manages Civitas’ outward facing platforms, oversees messaging stra...

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November 3, 2020 66 min

It’s finally here!  It’s Election Day.  After what feels like the longest year of our lives, the campaign season is over.

 

While voting and elections are still fresh in our minds, now’s as good a time as any to reflect on the voting process.  Yes, you may have already voted, but the act of voting is about so much more than checking a box once every four years.  It’s about the life-long process of becoming the sort of people fit to...

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In this bonus episode, Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis is interviewed by Wes Siler, director and founder of The Burkean Conservative.  This conversation was originally broadcast on Facebook Live under The Burkean Conservative’s weekly video series Conservatism on Tap LIVE.  The conversation centers around how Saving Elephants came to be and the ongoing project to reignite conservatism for Millennials in hopes of restoring the Repu...

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Can we all just admit that 2020 sucks?  This year has been a disaster on so many fronts it’s hard to keep track.  What feels like a decade’s worth of news stories pass from one week to the next with no end in sight.  But just how bad is 2020?  Compared to what?  How are we doing as a nation, world, or species in the grand scheme of things?  Is the future bleak or bright?  And how do we maintain perspective so that we can clearly se...

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