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Episode 69 – Bob is Back – Quagmire 2020

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Release Date: 10/20/2020

Episode 75 – A Peaceful Transfer of Power show art Episode 75 – A Peaceful Transfer of Power

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Tomorrow Joe Biden will be sworn in as our 46th President.  Yet this inauguration will mark the first time in American history that the outgoing president refused to accept the results of the election and actively worked to overturn them.  And, for the first time in modern American history, we were deprived on a peaceful transfer of power.   On January 6, 2021 our country was attacked.  My country.  Your country.  Though the events took place several weeks ago, it is important to keep them fresh in our minds as we reflect on what it means to be Americans and to...

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Bonus Episode – Remembering Roger Scruton with Bryan Baise show art Bonus Episode – Remembering Roger Scruton with Bryan Baise

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

One year ago today, on January 12, 2020, Sir Roger Scruton died at the age of 75.  Thus passed one of the greatest intellectual minds of the past century.  Scruton was an English philosopher and writer who specialized in aesthetics and political philosophy.  He wrote over 50 books on philosophy, art, music, politics, literature, culture, sexuality, and religion, as well as novels and two operas.  Yet his greatest achievement, according to Dr. Samuel Gregg with the Acton Institute, was to put into words and give form to conservatism as a philosophy beyond a...

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Episode 74 – Conserving Liberalism show art Episode 74 – Conserving Liberalism

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

What is the opposite of conservatism?  It’s liberalism, right?  Well…it’s not quite that simple.  Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis goes guestless in this episode to take a deep dive into the good, the bad, and the ugly of liberalism and to explain why liberalism, far from being the opposite of conservatism, is actually much of what conservatism is trying to conserve.   But to get there we first need to untangle what we mean by liberalism.  What is liberalism?  What is the goal of liberalism?  What are they “liberal” about?  What is the...

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Bonus Episode – Two Burkeans and a Straussian show art Bonus Episode – Two Burkeans and a Straussian

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Last week cohosts Cal Davenport and Seth Root of the podcast invited Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis on their show for some no holds barred discourse around the topic of whether David French’s recommendations for addressing the growing political divide in the country are sufficient, achievable, and ideal or fail to go far enough.  Throughout the conversation Cal and Josh appeal to Burkean arguments while Seth holds his own defending a Straussian viewpoint.  What are the solutions to the nation’s political divide?  Are David French’s solutions too Frenchist?  Is...

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Episode 73 – Formative Institutions with Yuval Levin show art Episode 73 – Formative Institutions with Yuval Levin

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Among the legions of intellectuals and academics milling about Washington D.C., few commands more respect than Yuval Levin.  Yuval has worked in the nation’s capital for decades and has a surprisingly hopeful message for the prospects of conservatism’s future and the fate of the republic.  Yet he is soberminded about the challenges we face, chiefly the failure of our institutions to form us into the kind of people fit to live in a society of ordered liberty.   Yuval joins Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis to discuss why are institutions are important, why they’re failing...

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Episode 72 – The Millennial Presidents show art Episode 72 – The Millennial Presidents

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

About a year ago Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis and frequent guest Bob Burch did a series exploring the American Presidencies from a conservative perspective.  The discussion took place over three episodes: The series ended with Jimmy Carter as he was the last president to serve before the oldest Millennials were born.  Now Josh and Bob pick things up where they left them and walk through the Millennial Presidents: Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.  Donald Trump is excluded as his term as president is ongoing and—quite...

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Bonus Episode – Leading Questions – Post Election Breakdown show art Bonus Episode – Leading Questions – Post Election Breakdown

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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Episode 71 – Exploring Burke with Wes Siler show art Episode 71 – Exploring Burke with Wes Siler

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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Bonus Episode – The 2020 Elections – Now What? show art Bonus Episode – The 2020 Elections – Now What?

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Saving Elephants’ own Josh Lewis hosts an election night panel to discuss the incoming results of the race and what it may mean for the future of the country, Republican and Democratic parties, and conservative movement. Meet the panelists:   Brooke Medina: Brooke Medina is a homeschool mother of four and the Director of Communications at where she manages Civitas’ outward facing platforms, oversees messaging strategy, and handles all press relationships. The North Carolina based Civitas Instituted is a nonprofit policy organization dedicated to removing barriers to freedom so that...

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Episode 70 – Election Day show art Episode 70 – Election Day

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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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 is back after a long hiatus to join host Josh Lewis in parsing through the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about 2020 and to share how the conservative mindset can help keep hope alive in the midst difficult times.