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Episode 77 – Truth in Tension with Justin Stapley

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Release Date: 02/16/2021

Episode 95 – Reassessing the GOP with Justin Stapley show art Episode 95 – Reassessing the GOP with Justin Stapley

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

For the Trump-skeptical conservative, the past five years have been dizzyingly disconcerting.  We’ve often felt politically homeless and even out of step from the power centers on both the Left and Right.  What’s a principled conservative to do?  What is the long-term goal of the movement?  What future might we practically hope for and what goals are overly optimistic and detached from reality?   Returning guest Justin Stapley joins Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis to contemplate the merits of Trump-skeptical conservatives sticking with the GOP and whether the...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis offers a conservative critique of socialism.   It’s hardly news that socialism is gaining in popularity among younger Americans.  Yet it’s more difficult to ascertain what Millennials have in mind when they express support for socialism or socialist candidates.  Do they mean Marxism or the numerous varieties of Communist authoritarian regimes tried over the past century, European-style “socialism”, democratic socialism, having the state seize the means of production and abolish private property, bolstering labor unions, or some complex...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Founded in 1953, the (ISI) has remained on the forefront of the conservative intellectual movement with a particular focus on ensuring college students are equipped with the tools they need to explore the conservative worldview.  During the tumultuous begins of the modern conservative movement in the United States, ISI embraced many of the views and adherents of both the libertarian and traditionalist wings of the movements.  Today, ISI is yet again navigating the divisions on the Right as they seek to maintain a platform where these embattled factions can meet together and debate...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

As the old adage goes, variety is the spice of life.  And the conservative heartily agrees.  Variety, not uniformity, is what gives life its vitality and each life the potential for self-actualization and the opportunity for each of us to develop in our own unique way.  But is variety compatible with equality?  What do we mean by equality, and how might equality be established?  What is the relationship between equality, progress, and justice?   In this solo episode, Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis explores what conservatism has to say about variety and equality...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis is joined by Ian Rowe and Nique Fajors—two black Harvard Business School graduates—who hope to change the narrative and highlight the positive achievements of black men in the United States.  What is wrong with the common narrative surrounding black men?  How much has changed over recent decades and are those changes adequately reflected in the narrative?   Ian and Nique host , a podcast and video platform interviewing successful black men.  In the aftermath of Rodney King’s assault by police officers in the 90s and his attackers’...

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America’s history of bigotry and racism have left wounds that fester to this day.  How might the country make amends to those racial minorities who were harmed?  To what extent are white Americans responsible for addressing wrongs perpetrated by their ancestors?  To what extent can the effects of these past sins be measured and known?   These are not easy questions, nor is there much consensus on where we go from here.  But there is one area where both conservatives and liberals may be able to find common ground: addressing historic wrongs committed by the practice...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis joins Dennis Sanders on his podcast to discuss the past, present, and future of the GOP and conservative movements, what younger generations of Americans have to offer the country, and where the #NeverTrump movement went wrong.   About Dennis Sanders Dennis Sanders is a blogger, podcaster, pastor, and media and technology professional.  He hosts , a podcast about the journey focusing on religion, politics and culture and the things we discover on the way.  Dennis was born and raised in Flint, Michigan and currently lives in Minneapolis. ...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Often the highest praise we can offer a bright, promising student is “you’ll go far”.  Americans have long associated success with striking out on one’s own and heading for greener pastures.  But is this transient attitude conducive to the long-term health of local communities?  What happens to the places we leave behind and what impact does that have on us?   Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis is joined by Gracy Olmstead, author of .  Their conversation delves into how Americans have historically thought of leaving or sticking with the communities of their...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

The opioid overdose crisis is back in the news with recent revelations that the already shocking death toll has increased dramatically since the pandemic.  Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death with opioids accounting for most of the deaths.  This crisis has certainly received a lot of attention from lawmakers, healthcare professionals, and the media.  However, Saving Elephants returning guest Peter Pischke argues that much of the debate over what to do about the growing crisis is overly focused on patients with medical needs who rarely abuse their...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

What is America and what does it mean to be an American?  We Americans have been debating this question for centuries, yet we seem even less united on a common understanding than Americans of prior generations.   America’s original national motto was E Pluribus Unum: “Out of many, one”.  It contained the notion that this diverse country of ethnicities and religions and ideologies were somehow unified in some sense.  In 1956, our national motto changed to “In God We Trust”.  Yet this was no less of a statement on American unity.  In 1956 the Cold War was...

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In this crossover episode friend of the podcast Justin Stapley invites Saving Elephants host Josh Lewis onto his show Self-Evident to discuss self-evident truths and what it means to hold truth in tension.

The conversation includes thoughts on whether or not our inalienable rights are “self-evident”, the genius of American founders, Jeffersonian, Lockean liberalism vs. Hamiltonian, Burkean conservatism, why John Adams didn’t make a good president, whether the 1619 Project or 1776 Project is “right” or if the truth is somewhere in-between, whether America’s founding perfect or problematic, whether truth is to be found in reason or prescription, can Burkean conservatism be found in Burke alone or is he only the starting-point for conservative thought, the challenges conservative fusionism faces today, and a surprisingly lengthy and unexpected conversation about American slavery.

This conversation was originally released on the Self-Evident show.  Self-Evident is a weekly newsletter and intermittent podcast where Justin Stapley discusses both timely political topics as well as the timeless values and first principles of limited government and free society.

 

Justin Stapley has been writing politically since 2016.  His writing has been featured by ALEC, The Federalist Coalition, and the personal blogs and platforms he has operated over the years, which include Never Tyranny, The Millennial Federalist, and The Liberty Hawk.

 

Justin considers himself a liberty-minded conservative with principles and beliefs grounded in the idea of ordered liberty as expressed in the traditions of classical liberalism, federalism, and modern conservatism.

 

Justin currently studies Political Science at Utah Valley University with an emphasis in Political Theory and Constitutional Studies.  He is a staunchly independent voice and is unafraid to call balls and strikes as he sees them.  His calm but pointed writing style is often flavored with humor as he analyzes and discusses both news cycle driven topics as well as deeper philosophical considerations.

 

Justin appeared previously on Saving Elephants on the following episodes:

 

Episode 30 - Fusionism with Justin Stapley

 

Episode 55 – The New Centrist with Justin Stapley

 

Bonus Episode – The 2020 Elections – Now What?

 

You can follow Justin on Twitter @JustinWStapley