Author: L. Richard Nielsen

Utopia: The War on the Poor

The organization of the state has always been a war on the poor by the upper classes of persons.  Most wealthy individuals who are advocates for the state apparatus are socialists.  The number of government policies making vertical movement in the economy cost-prohibitive for the poor continue to multiply.  At the same time, the number of government policies preventing the poor from opting out of participation in the market for a self-reliant and independent life continue to multiply. The end result of being barred from self-reliance and from vertical movement in the market is feudalism and/or communism. The Tyranny...

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Socialism: A Non-Solution to Free Riding

The free rider problem claims a market failure occurs when people take advantage of being able to use a common resource, or collective good, without paying for it, as is the case when citizens of a country utilize public goods without paying their fair share in taxes. Socialism is proposed as a solution to the free rider problem. However, the free rider problem is a government problem and not a market problem. Few investors pass up opportunities for a high rate of return on investment simply because others who have not invested might benefit.  An early example of the argument...

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Agency: Iniquity and Martyrdom

We believe in being subject to despots and tyrants (Article of Faith 12) because we believe the agency of the wicked should be untrammeled. The Lord’s commands are meant to be voluntarily observed. To coerce righteousness, therefore, is as evil as wickedness. “The central issue in that premortal council was: Shall the children of God have untrammeled agency to choose the course they should follow, whether good or evil, or shall they be coerced and forced to be obedient? Christ and all who followed Him stood for the former proposition—freedom of choice; Satan stood for the latter—coercion and force....

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Appendage: An Alternative of Lesser Importance

An appendage carries with it a pejorative or negative connotation because it is anything of lesser importance that replaces something of greater importance. The Law of Moses is an appendage to the Law of the Gospel. In that sense, the Law of Moses carries a pejorative or negative connotation even if it is an improvement upon the incommensurate vengeance exercised by the gentiles after whom the Hebrews desired to model themselves. “In the center is the level of justice, where retribution and offense are exactly proportionate (eye for eye, tooth for tooth). Considerably below this would be the incommensurate vengeance exercised...

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A Tale of Two Communities

There are two communities to which an individual may align oneself: The Church of Christ or The Church of the Devil.  Mankind is free to choose liberty and eternal life or slavery and eternal death. The individual cannot serve two masters, for it is chaos that one pledge allegiance to competing orders. Nevertheless, the individual is free to choose whom one will serve. If Caesar be one’s god, render unto Caesar. If Baal be one’s god, render unto Baal. If Christ be one’s god, then render unto God. Both the wicked and the righteous are permitted by God to organize themselves according to conscience (D&C 134:1).  The...

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