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Episode 28 - Unjust with Noah Rothman

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Release Date: 04/02/2019

Episode 51 – Understanding Socialism – Part 2 show art Episode 51 – Understanding Socialism – Part 2

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Josh and Bob continue their discussion from last week, further demystifying socialism.  The episode opens with a three-minute clip of Leftist Congresswoman (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 common “methods” socialists advocate to bring about a socialist economy and society.  They are:   Social Democrats Communists/Revolutionaries Democratic...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

It’s no secret that younger Americans are increasingly drawn to socialism.  But what is socialism?  Do people who say they support socialism simply mean they want something other than what we have now, or do they have a firm grasp of socialist economic theory and complex vision of what a socialist America would look like?   While some conservatives may dismiss calls for socialism as foolish and not worth debating, Millennial conservatives don’t have that luxury.  We understand that calls for a socialist state are not a passing fad but a significant shift in how...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Ever since William F. Buckley wrote his landmark book “God and Man at Yale” in the 1950s, conservatives have had a deep love/hate relationship with higher education.  That relationship has only soured in recent decades with some prominent conservative thinkers——suggesting it may even be time for conservatives to work to “get rid of universities altogether.” But unlike Buckley’s generation, conservative groups today have emerged and even thrived on college campuses across the nation.  Many of these groups have successfully instilled conservatives in prominent think...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Much has been said of the rise of populism on the Right today.  But what is populism?  Is it a coherent ideology with discernable objectives and ideas or a reactionary movement against an entrenched government and The Establishment?   Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis parses through the meaning of populism, how it’s applied to politics, what it gets right, what it gets wrong, and how populism can disguise itself as other more rigorous worldviews, not the least of which is conservatism itself.  While a certain dosage of populism is important in a free society, there are...

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As Republicans look ahead to the end of the Trump presidency (whether that’s a year away or five years out) many are beginning to ask, “what does a post-Trump GOP look like?”   For conservatives who have spent the past three years as outcasts from a party increasingly given to populist nationalism, the prospects are both exciting and worrying.  Will things ‘go back to normal’?  Will the Republican party once again be the home of conservatism?  Or has Trump permanently changed things?  And, if so, how much has changed?   Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis and frequent guest Bob Burch delve into questions about looking to our political leaders as role models and the tension between morality and ability when choosing who should govern us.  This discussion was prompted by a listener’s email:   Hi there,   I'm a new follower and listener to your podcast, but I like that after each episode you ask for people to contact you with thoughts or ideas. Since Trump has been in office I keep hearing about how horrible of a person he is a sexist, womanizer, racist, and the list goes on and on. I...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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.  Part 1 covered Presidents George Washington...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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 two episodes.  Part 1 covers Presidents George Washington...

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The incomparable joins Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis to discuss a plethora of topics from the GOP’s branding problem with young Americans, what messaging might appeal to Millennials, whether Millennials are Leftists, and the value of polling.   Kristen is a pollster, speaker, commentator, and author of .   Kristen is co-founder of Echelon Insights, an opinion research and analytics firm that serves brands, trade associations, nonprofits, and political clients.  Through her work at Echelon, she regularly advises corporate and government leaders on polling and messaging...

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There are just two problems with social justice: it’s not social and it’s not justice.  So says Noah Rothman, Saving Elephants’ guest and author of the new book Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America.

 

Noah walks us through the evolution of the concept of justice in the West to show how some political activists (perhaps unwittingly) have twisted it.  Social justice may be well intentioned and be useful as a philosophical perspective.  But when applied to practical politics, the results are anything but just.  Perhaps most surprisingly, social justice is no longer chiefly a tool of the Left, as some groups on the Right are learning how to wield the weapon of retribution.

 

In a society governed by “social justice,” the most coveted status is victimhood, which people will go to absurd lengths to attain.  But the real victims in such a regime are blind justice—the standard of impartiality that we once took for granted—and free speech.  These hallmarks of American liberty, already gravely compromised in universities, corporations, and the media, are under attack in our legal and political systems.

 

Social justice is a creed born of grievances, some of them undoubtedly valid.  But Noah shows that tribalism and the fanatical pursuit of retribution threaten to destroy a political culture that is historically unmatched in its friendliness to justice. Social justice is an ideology that runs counter to the American ideal, and it must be stopped.  And on this episode Noah offers some guidance on how it might be stopped.

 

Noah is the associate editor of Commentary, a journal of scholarly opinion and analysis that has been in continuous publication since 1945, a contributor to MSNBC/NBC News, and a widely followed commentator and guest on such notable shows as Tucker Carlson Tonight and Real Time with Bill Maher.  He graduated from Drew University with a degree in Russian studies and political science and received a master’s degree in diplomacy and international relations from Seton Hall University.  He lives and works in the New York City area.