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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February 20, 2024 77 mins

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The Saving Elephants podcast has welcomed a wide array of incredible guests who are on forefront of the conservative political movement.  But most of the guests discuss conservatism from the perspective of a theory or set of principles or idea.  Few have had the opportunity to enact...

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One of the strangest political developments over the past several decades has been the devolution of the Religious Right and large swaths of politically active Evangelicals as they morphed from character counts moralists of the 1990s to MAGA Trumplicans.  Regardless of the merits of where the Religious Right stands today,...

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What does is mean to be an American?  And why do we Americans obsess so much over the question of what it means to be an American?  This nagging question has plagued our nation since its birth and various national “myths” have been advanced to offer some form of national identity an...

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In 2021, Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis joined three other veteran podcasters on a new podcast endeavor: Are We Right? Cal Davenport, Brooke Medina, and Calvin Moore, and Josh debated a wide range of topics from politics to religion to culture and invited the audience to weigh in on whether or not they’re right. While the show was trag...

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Earlier this year Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis was on AD Tippet’s podcast, Conservative Historian.  This episode is a re-podcast of that conversation that covered a wide variety of conservative topics from both the past and today.

 

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In 1953 a little-known political theorist Russell Kirk repurposed his doctoral dissertation as a book for publication.  His book, The Conservative Mind, would quickly become a bestseller, give the nascent conservative movement its name and intellectual moorings, be reviewed and debated in respectable publications across t...

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November 7, 2023 58 mins

While Leo Strauss was famous for influencing men and women who became intellectual heavyweights in the conservative movement—names like Allan Bloom, Irving Kristol, Harvey Mansfield, Thomas Pangle barely scratch the surface—few stand as tall as Harry Jaffa.  A cantankerous and quarrelsome debater to some and a beloved arc...

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Everyone supports civility, in theory, when the “other side” is behaving themselves.  But what is the role of civility in an era of growing political division?  Is civility a weakness that can be exploited by our political opponents?  Is it sim...

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October 3, 2023 77 mins

The name Edmund Burke is used quite liberally on the Saving Elephants podcast as host Josh Lewis makes no bones about being a “Burkean” conservative.  But who was this Irish statesman, economist, and philosopher?  What were his contributions to conservative thought? Read more

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The United States and United Kingdom have enjoyed and, at times, endured a symbiotic history, culture, politics, and global relationship.  Often understanding the quirks of one nation helps us better understand our own.  Sarah Stook, journalist of American politics and history, joi...

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“History offers not simply a chronicle of events but, more importantly, opportunities to gain insights about the human condition from the experience of other times and places,” writes Thomas Sowell in his provocatively titled book Black Rednecks and White Liberals.  “That is, it o...

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Christian or not, it’s undeniable that Western civilization, and the United States in particular, has deep historical roots in Judeo-Christian teachings.  Scripture has shaped much of our culture, thought, values, and politics.  But while plenty of Biblical passages appear to have po...

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“I never discuss anything else except politics and religion,” English writer, philosopher, and Christian apologist G. K. Chesterton once quipped.  “There is nothing else to discuss.”  For some sensible, genteel Americans, politics and religion are precisely what you don’t discuss in ...

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July 18, 2023 53 mins

Modern views on how future technology is likely to change our lives range from bloviatingly aspirational visions of utopia to musings on whether the latest advancement in AI will destroy humankind in our lifetime or merely enslave us all in Matrix-style battery capillaries.  Yet debates on whether technology is a neutral t...

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In the aftermath of the Civil War and prior to the first World War lies an often overlooked era in American history known as the Gilded Age.  This was an extraordinarily “messy” period where it’s often difficult to identify the heroes to extol or villains to condemn.  But it is als...

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In this brave new digital world, opportunities for hate speech seem ubiquitous and increasingly dangerous.  How should a conservative balance their values of limited-government and protection of the vulnerable in social media?  How do we answer the charges of “silence is violence”,...

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Among the very-online, relatively young, and mostly male cohorts of the Right is a movement growing in popularity and intensity that valorizes the very excesses the Left criticizes as toxic masculinity.  This movement, promulgated by the likes of Bronze Age Pervert and Mencius Moldbug and defended or even praised by a su...

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In 1948 Whittaker Chambers shocked the nation when, while testifying before Congress, he gave the names of individuals he claimed were working within the United States government as Communist spies for the Soviet Union.  Among those named was Alger Hiss, Chamber’s close friend and former Communist comrade. Read more

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Perhaps no other individual (or person, for the benefit of the Kirkian insider) was more responsible for resuscitating intellectual conservatism back to life in the mid Twentieth century than Russell Kirk.  Today, Kirk’s efforts to recover and conserve the “Permanent Things” lives on at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultura...

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