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The Mormon Worker - Issue 2 - Dec 07

The Mormon Worker - Issue 2 - Dec 07

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■ Am I an Anarchist? By David Forrest
■ In Defense of Blackwater, Gangs and Neocons By Ron Madson, Attorney at Law
■ Borders from an Eternal Perspective By Tyler Bushman
■ Am I an Anarchist? By David Forrest
■ In Defense of Blackwater, Gangs and Neocons By Ron Madson, Attorney at Law
■ Borders from an Eternal Perspective By Tyler Bushman

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Am I an Anarchist?
By David Forrest
For a ew years now I have been giving much thought to
living “o-grid” and asking any amily and riends who
would want to join me to do so. I have elt that this would
urther separate me rom the world I am growing to dislike.
Coupled with that idea, I have very recently been comingto question many things around me rom belies, to mate-
rial things, to science and government. I would imagine
that those who ounded this country had a much dierentvision than where we nd ourselves today. Not that theywere perect and inallible, but the Constitution indicatesthat they were on to something important. I eel we are ata point where the state is no longer serving its intended
purpose. To be completely honest, as I study the scriptures
more, I have begun to ask mysel i the state serves any
purpose other than ensuring its own survival. When Christreturns, what type o government will He put in place? The
“I Teach Them Correct Principles and They Govern Themselves” –
Issue 2December 2007
By David Forrest
By Ron Madson, Attorney at Law
By Tyler Bushman
By Jason Brown
By Warner Woodworth, BYU
By Will Vanwagenen
By Joshua Madson
By Cory Bushman
By Joshua Madson
By J. Dawkins
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The Mormon Worker 
Issue 2
scriptures say that He will be our King and rule over the
whole earth; but will it really be a government in the sense
o what we see in the world today? Hardly. Christ havinghad all things made subject to Him does not orce us to
submit. With that being so, why on earth would he change
that? The state rules by orce and coercion through ear.Christ operates on a much dierent requency. It bringsto mind a statement made by Joseph Smith, that we all are
amiliar with, that he made when questioned about how he
can govern such a great number o people:
“I teach them correct principles, and they govern them-
With that being said, do we human beings have the
capacity to govern ourselves without intervention on thepart o the state? Does necessity really breed invention inthe case o the state? Are the current ills o society merely
a product o government rule and the state’s ability to con-
vince us o the necessity o its survival? I recall speaking
with a riend once on the subject o communism. He spokehighly o it and even remarked that the intellectuals should
rule because they know what’s best since they are smarterthan those they rule. I can understand why my riend andothers think communism is a good idea. Everyone has ajob, ood, clothes, shelter, etc. However, nearly all aspectso your lie are controlled or owned by the state. There islittle to no room or ree will and what is a man without
his agency? It is the total embodiment o Lucier’s plan.
How can people progress or prosper under such a system?
Where can we nd true liberty and the total embodiment
A Note to Our Readers
The Mormon Worker is an independent newspaper/jour-nal devoted to Mormonism and radical politics. It is pub-lished by members o the LDS Church. The paper is mod-eled ater the legendary Catholic Worker which has beenin publication or over seventy years.The primary objective o The Mormon Worker is to mean-ingully connect core ideas o Mormon theology with ahost o political, economic, ecological, philosophical, andsocial topics.Although most contributors o The Mormon Worker aremembers o the LDS church, some are not, and we acceptsubmissions rom people o varying secular and religiousbackgrounds.The opinions in The Mormon Worker are not the ocialview o The Church o Jesus Christ o Latter-day Saints.In solidarity,The Mormon Worker
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Am I an Anarchist?
The Mormon Worker 
Issue 2
o the Father’s plan?During the course o these thoughts, and in no way byaccident, I had been introduced to a new idea. I maintaina blog and a ellow member o the church and blogger letme a comment concerning one o my posts. Upon visitinghis site, something struck a chord in me. I had ound the
answer to the question I hadn’t realized I was asking mysel.
The answer was Anarchy. Growing up in a system o stateunded and state controlled ”education”, I had been giventhe impression that anarchy was somehow a bad thing orit was lawlessness and chaos. Maybe at one point in time,
or even rom someone else’s perspective, that was true.
However anarchy, as what I have come to nd out or my-sel, is merely the absence o the state. It is the epitome o ree agency, but that does not mean it must be ree agencywithout consequence. Law and order can still exist, just ina dierent and more natural way than what we are used
to. I the state exists, it should only exist to protect the
liberty o its people and I think that was the original vision
o this country. The question to ponder though is: “What
is the state doing or/to us?” Is the state protecting our
liberty? Or, is it just nding new and cratier ways o tak-ing it rom us without us knowing? I you wanted to stealsomething rom me, the easiest way would be to distractmy attention away rom that which you are trying to take.Could we be a prosperous people in this age o existencewithout the state?Even though our belies might dier, we can still ndcommon ground as human beings who both acknowledgethe other’s ree will. How is it that we can send satellites
into the ar reaches o space, but we still rely on those who
are equal to us, not greater, to rule us? Even i I were to
believe that a person lives in sin, it is not God’s way, or willor that matter, or me to try and orce that person, throughlegislation or other “legal” means, to live as I believe. Now
I can however share my belies in a loving manner and Imight even call that person to repentance, but nowhere inthe scriptures am I commanded to become that person’sruler because o their views or way o lie. When it comes
down to it I alone will be held responsible or my behavior.
It says the ollowing in D&C 101:78-79:“That every man may act in doctrine and principle per-taining to uturity, according to the moral agency which Ihave given unto him, that every man may be accountable
or his own sins in the day o judgment. Thereore, it is not
right that any man should be in bondage one to another.”
Now to the original question: “Am I an Anarchist?”The more I study and ponder the subject I can comort-ably say, “Yes”. While I do eel order is necessary, I do
not eel an ever increasingly intrusive orm o government
is synonymous with order. Ruling people through ear isnot order. Order is peaceul, but people ruled by ear is
a volatile situation just waiting or the catalyst that will
surely erupt into chaos. I anarchy were to prevail, then itis not to say that corruption shall be put to rest. However,i all men are ree then one man’s corruption will not havethe impact it has today. I do not believe that everyone in aposition o power is corrupt, but I do believe the corrup-
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