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Episode 27 - What's so Positive about Negative Rights?

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Release Date: 03/19/2019

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis participated in a panel discussion on the podcast 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, Kent, and Steve and guests Saeed Khan and Jennifer Moore.

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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 seem otherworldly in an era of bumper-sticker political slogans and surface-level philosophy.   Russell Kirk—perhaps Burke’s greatest...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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 live in a free republic.   It’s easy to get tripped up right out of the gate if you’re fuzzy on the purpose for voting in...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

In this bonus episode, Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis is interviewed by Wes Siler, director and founder of .  This conversation was originally broadcast on Facebook Live under The Burkean Conservative’s weekly video series .  The conversation centers around how Saving Elephants came to be and the ongoing project to reignite conservatism for Millennials in hopes of restoring the Republican party. The Burkean Conservative is a website, social media presence, and series of frequently updated videos focused on educating and expanding the conservative movement on the basis of Edmund...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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 see what needs to change without overlooking genuine progress quietly taking place elsewhere?   Long-time guest Bob Burch...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Hardly anyone disagrees Americans are divided, or that our divisions are problematic.  But could continual political partisanship and polarization actually fracture the United States into multiple nations?  What is the likely outcome or potential risks if we do not find a way to reverse the negative polarization?  What are the preconditions for state secessions, and how close are we to meeting those preconditions?  Is the United States facing another civil war, acrimonious divorce, or eventual reconciliation?   Those are precisely the questions David French sets out to...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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 embattlement mindset come from?  Is it simply crackpot paranoia?  Is there something embedded in the histories of the Right and...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

book 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 .  Leftist are ecstatic that they finally have an answer to the Right’s persistent question “how are you going to pay for all this stuff?”   But is MMT sound monetary policy?  For that matter, what is monetary policy?  What...

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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 where she specializes in legal and political matters.   Sarah graduated from Harvard University with a degree in law.  She has extensive experience in political campaigns,...

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Is healthcare a right or a privilege?  As the Democratic party swings Left, more and more Americans—Millennials in particular—are growing comfortable with the idea that we have a right to healthcare.  Not to mention free education, food, shelter, and a host of other things.

 

But before we can even hope to have a productive conversation about these things, we must first address some fundamentals: What is a right?  How do rights differ from privileges?  Where do rights come from?  What is the basis of a right?

 

Traditional conservatism has long distinguished between what we might call negative rights and positive rights.  In its most basic form, a negative right is the right to enjoy things that are yours by virtue of you being born or earning property.  They are called “negative”, not because they are somehow pessimistic, but because no one has to do anything for you to enjoy these rights.  Your right to exist and do what you will with the things you’ve earned and possess requires no government bureau.  Nothing is required of anyone save that we leave each other well enough alone.

 

A positive right, on the other hand, is a claim to something such as access to healthcare, food, or shelter.  A positive right requires that someone give you something.  Your “right” to healthcare means someone else must pay for your healthcare and provide you whatever services your “right” entitles you to.

 

But what is the basis for our rights?  Do negative and positive rights share the same basis and are they equally valid?  Are they simply favors doled out by a benevolent government that wishes its citizens to enjoy good things?  What happens if negative and positive rights conflict?  Who should win out?  And who gets to decide?  Joining Josh once more is frequent Saving Elephants guest Bob Burch to discuss these very important issues.