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Episode 31 - We The People

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Release Date: 05/21/2019

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

What is the great economic challenge of our times?  Is it inflation?  Rising inequality?  Artificially low interest rates?  Economist David Bahnsen joins Josh to discuss why excessive government debt and our slow-growth or no-growth economy risks the Japanification of the United States.  While some warn of a financial apocalypse, David argues that a more realistic threat is continued lack of productive output and increasing discontents if we don’t reverse course.  Also discussed are how supply side economists can respond to the Left’s critiques of the free...

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118 – Fearlessly Curious with Mónica Guzmán show art 118 – Fearlessly Curious with Mónica Guzmán

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Mónica Guzmán joins Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis as they reach across the political divide to explore how the Left and Right might better engage one another in respectful debate.  Mónica shares her experiences as a liberal living in deep, blue Seattle yet grappling with her immigrant parent’s support for Trump.  They also discuss the limitations of reason to resolve our differences, why viewing people as complex and not merely complicated helps us bridge divides, and why Mónica has hope for a brighter future.   About Mónica Guzmán Per her , Mónica Guzmán is Senior...

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117 – Conservatism Down Under with Jonathan Cole show art 117 – Conservatism Down Under with Jonathan Cole

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

American conservatism has long struggled to reconcile the American Revolution with a worldview that defers to the slow accretion of cultural and historical development over generations.  Yet some nations followed this more “conservative” path.  How might American conservatism appear to them?  Joining Josh in this episode is bona fide conservative and Australian Jonathan Cole to discuss how Australian conservatism differs from both the American and British models and what each of us might learn from the other.  Also discussed are how Jonathan defines conservatism,...

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116 – Fifty Conservative Thinkers show art 116 – Fifty Conservative Thinkers

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

In an age where what passes for the archetype conservative are the likes of , , , , , and Donald Trump, it can be discouraging for those of us who take pride in the rich legacy and colorful history of thinkers on the Right to be associated with such grifters, demagogues, and charlatans.   Trying to define conservatism is challenging and trying to compile a list of individuals who best exemplify conservatism is problematic.  Yet this is becoming increasingly important in a world where “conservatism” is quickly being coopted by reactionary nationalist populists who have little to...

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115 – A Post-Roe World with Kimberly Ross show art 115 – A Post-Roe World with Kimberly Ross

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

With the end of Roe, the pro-life movement scores a major victory in the fight to protect the life of the unborn.  But does this victory signify the end or is it merely the beginning of a new set of challenges and uncertainty in a world that doesn’t always embrace life?  Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis is joined by Kimberly Ross to discuss what a post-Roe world looks like for the pro-life movement and where to go from here.   About Kimberly Ross Kimberly Ross is a freelance conservative writer. Her work regularly appears in The Washington Examiner, both online and the print...

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114 – Are We Right? - Crossover Podcast show art 114 – Are We Right? - Crossover Podcast

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Earlier this summer, Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis joined three other veteran podcasters to launch a new show: Are We Right?  Cal Davenport, Brooke Medina, and Calvin Moore, and Josh debate a wide range of topics from politics to religion to culture and invite the audience to weigh in on whether or not they’re right.  A recent episode featured Calvin quizzing Josh and Cal on why they embrace a conservative worldview.  And even though Cal and Josh are in violent agreement during much of the conversation, there’s plenty of nuance and jargon to satiate the politically...

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113 – It's Greek to Me with Christopher Chesny show art 113 – It's Greek to Me with Christopher Chesny

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

The Orthodox Christian faith is a growing yet tiny minority in the Christendom body in the United States.  Yet they are growing in strength and numbers on the broader American Right.  Which suggests that Orthodoxy may exert its influence on the conservative movement of the future.  What traditions does the faith hold that may bolster and modify conservatism?  What challenges are there in seeking to fuse a predominantly Eastern religion with the politics of the West?  How do practicing Orthodox view Russia’s war in Ukraine?  Can Orthodoxy be a gateway for those...

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112 – Geriatric Millennials with Eric Kohn show art 112 – Geriatric Millennials with Eric Kohn

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Fellow geriatric millennial Eric Kohn joins Josh to discuss what keeps the Acton Institute anchored in turbulent political waters, the proper role for libertarian ideas in conservatism, the dangers of religious zeal in political ideologies, and what’s wrong with conservative kids these days.   About Eric Kohn From Acton Institute's website: Eric Kohn is director of marketing and communications at the .  In that role, he works to bring Acton's vision of a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles to a wider audience....

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111 – What Hath Conservatism Conserved? with Avi Woolf show art 111 – What Hath Conservatism Conserved? with Avi Woolf

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Matthew Continetti’s new book has instigated a vigorous conversation around the best way to understand the historical phenomenon of modern conservatism in the United States.  Returning guest Avi Woolf joins Josh for a discussion on what Continetti’s depiction gets right and not-so-right about American conservatism, what has conservatism conserved, and what ought conservatism to conserve in the future.   About Avi Woolf   Avi Woolf is a writer, editor, translator, and podcaster whose work has been published in Arc Digital, Commentary, National Review, The Bulwark, Ordinary...

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110 – Reaching the Future with Marlo Slayback show art 110 – Reaching the Future with Marlo Slayback

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Founded in the early 1950s, the sought to fill the gaping void in higher education where progressive ideas were in vogue and conservative ones were ignored or attacked.  Under the leadership of their first president, a young journalist named William F. Buckley Jr., ISI began mentoring young men and women to become eloquent defenders of the principles of liberty.  And they have continued this legacy on to today.   In this episode Josh is joined by ISI National Director of Student Programs Marlo Slayback to talk about the work of the organization, her personal journey to...

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Politicians are fond of talking about “the people.”  But who are “the people”?  That might sound like a nonsensical question but—it turns out—there are a lot of presuppositions baked into the concept of “the people” and much of the divide between the Right and the Left begins here.  Identifying “the people” leads us to other important questions, such as: Who speaks on behalf of “the people”?  And what system of government or society can best represent their interests and protect their rights?

 

In much of our political rhetoric today we are told that the most democratic expressions best represent “the people”.  But what lurks behind the belief a direct, popular vote is somehow in the best interest of “the people” is the assumption is that “the people” can best be defined as a simple headcount.

 

They can’t.

 

“The people” is not a simple headcount. It is a recognition of sub-groups loosely bound to a larger group, of various interest groups within a nation-state, of factions that voluntarily choose to live in civil harmony with those with whom they don’t always agree and sometimes despise.  Simply blending these sub-groups into one mass doesn’t provide clarity, it only makes our understanding of these collective interests harder to untangle.

 

One ought to be suspect of any political system which defines who speaks on behalf of “the people” either too narrowly or too broadly. Circumstance coupled with prudence dictates whether the polling of the majority, or the voice of the perceived “leaders” within each faction, or some truck driver who happened to call into a local radio talk show to weigh in on the matter, or some other means of discerning what “the people” have to say best represents what “the people” have to say. In practice, this means we should be suspect of the politician who seems wholly disinterested in “the people” just as we should be suspect of the politician who seems absolutely and consistently convinced they speak on behalf of “the people.”