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Episode 45 - America's Greatest (and Worst) Presidents - Part 3

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Release Date: 11/19/2019

Episode 64 – School Choice under COVID-19 with Brooke Medina show art Episode 64 – School Choice under COVID-19 with Brooke Medina

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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 she shares how empowering parents and local governments to make their own choices is not only the best way to deal with the lasting effects of COVID-19, it...

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Episode 063 – Gen Z Conservatism with Nate Hochman show art Episode 063 – Gen Z Conservatism with Nate Hochman

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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 automated world, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street—that have formed our worldviews.  As such, they tend to dismiss Millennial concerns as...

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Episode 062 – Is Truth Found with Reason and Science Alone? show art Episode 062 – Is Truth Found with Reason and Science Alone?

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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 many religious and nonreligious people and is not wed exclusively to a materialistic worldview.  Secularism, for the purposes of this...

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Bonus Episode – In the Trenches with Cal, Seth, and Josh show art Bonus Episode – In the Trenches with Cal, Seth, and Josh

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis was interviewed by J. Cal Davenport and on their 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 are they unique and different Understanding conservative “first principles” and what younger Americans should know about them Whether conservatism is about adhering to the “old...

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Episode 61 – Untangling Neoconservatism with Matthew Continetti show art Episode 61 – Untangling Neoconservatism with Matthew Continetti

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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 from the status quo and ever-increasing military ventures at the expense of the rest of us?  And who is a neocon? ...

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Episode 60 – Undervaluing Free Trade with Scott Lincicome show art Episode 60 – Undervaluing Free Trade with Scott Lincicome

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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 Cato Institute. This episode was inspired by a listeners email: “Hello I’m a new listener and big fan of the show all the way from Massachusetts. I...

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Episode 59 – Podcasting Orphans with Andrew Heaton show art Episode 59 – Podcasting Orphans with Andrew Heaton

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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 merits of some of the more perfectible models. Also discussed: What puts the “OK” in Oklahoma, Heaton’s eventful journey from Goldwater...

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Episode 58 – Brooke Medina, Quarantina show art Episode 58 – Brooke Medina, Quarantina

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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…conservative?  Aren’t all students just homeschoolers now that COVID-19 has us social distancing from educational facilities?   Saving...

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Episode 57 – Russell Kirk, Eccentric Genius with Bradley Birzer show art Episode 57 – Russell Kirk, Eccentric Genius with Bradley Birzer

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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 considered the father of American conservatism?  What did he do that was so important?  Does his message hold value for conservatives...

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Episode 56 – Environmental Conservatism with Danielle Butcher show art Episode 56 – Environmental Conservatism with Danielle Butcher

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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 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 as an excuse to bring about their calls for central planning.   But as younger Americans have come of age, there’s growing concern on the Right about a whole host of...

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Who were America’s Greatest Presidents?  Which Presidents had the most lasting impacts that shaped the country in ways that are clearly visible today?  What about those Presidents whose blunders, incompetence, or weakness left the nation worse off?
 
Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis is joined by frequent guest Bob Burch as they work their way through the American Presidents and dissect their legacy—whether great, terrible, or somewhere in-between.  Since this is an enormous topic it’s broken up into three episodes.  In Part 1 covered Presidents George Washington through Abraham Lincoln.  In Part 2 Josh and Bob picked things up with Andrew Johnson through Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  And in Part 3 Josh and Bob conclude with Harry S. Truman through Jimmy Carter (the last of the Presidents to serve before Millennials were born).