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113 – It's Greek to Me with Christopher Chesny

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

Release Date: 08/16/2022

120 – Why Associations Matter with Luke Sheahan show art 120 – Why Associations Matter with Luke Sheahan

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

In 1953 sociologist Robert Nisbet published his most famous work , arguing for the necessity of association to the human experience and the harm inflicted upon communities when they are deprived of their function.  Traditional conservatism has long upheld Nisbet’s teachings as a reminder that we are not purely material beings with strictly economic interests.  Josh welcomes Luke Sheahan to this episode to discuss his efforts to pick up where Nisbet left off in fighting for the viability and flourishing of human associations, how the courts have gotten off-kilter in rulings...

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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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

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

Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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Saving Elephants | Millennials defending & expressing conservative values

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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

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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

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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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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 who become radicalized on the Right?  Returning guest and Greek Orthodox practitioner Christopher Chesny joins Josh to answer all this and more.

 

About Christopher Chesny

Christopher Chesny is a conservative activist who has been involved in Republican and conservative politics for almost two decades. After his political awakening at a young age after the 2000 Election and 9/11, he began to engage in the public policy process in a myriad of ways before graduating high school, and that engagement has continued through college up to the present day. This has included academic public policy research, journalism covering state governmental bodies including legislatures and executive and judicial branch agencies, being elected to various party offices and as an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention, lobbying legislators for conservative causes both in an activist and professional capacity, managing social media accounts for conservative groups, and most significantly volunteering and sometimes professionally managing and consulting political campaigns in multiple states across the country.

 

Currently living in Virginia outside of Washington, D.C., Christopher was born in Oklahoma City and grew up outside Tulsa, and received his B.A. with a Major in Political Science and Minors in History and Economics from Arizona State University, and later his Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Besides specializing in American political history and psephology (the study of elections) since the Second World War, he is a fan of history and geography from most every era in most every part of the world, especially the history of different religious faiths. Besides keeping up with current events, he is also an armchair cinephile and an avid fan of both classical music and rock 'n roll, especially alternative rock and its offshoots from the 1980s through to the present day.

 

You can find Chris on Twitter at @ChrisChesny89