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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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By David Forrest

For a few years now I have been giving much thought to
living “off-grid” and asking any family and friends who
would want to join me to do so. I have felt that this would

further separate me from the world I am growing to dislike.

Coupled with that idea, I have very recently been coming
to question many things around me from beliefs, to mate-
rial things, to science and government. I would imagine
that those who founded this country had a much different
vision than where we fnd ourselves today. Not that they
were perfect and infallible, but the Constitution indicates
that they were on to something important. I feel we are at
a 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 myself if the state serves any

purpose other than ensuring its own survival. When Christ
returns, what type of government will He put in place? The

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Mormon

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“I Teach Them Correct Principles and They Govern Themselves” –joseph smith

Issue 2

December 2007

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
Cooperation: A Common Principle of Mormonism
and Anarchism
By Jason Brown

Economic Democracy and Mormon Workers

By Warner Woodworth, BYU

Killing for Gain: American Intervention in Iraq

By Will Vanwagenen

Nephi’s Vision – Honesty in Time of War By Joshua Madson

A Brief History of Peasant Tolstoyans By Cory Bushman

Means and Ends in a Post 9/11 World By Joshua Madson

Why I am Serving in Iraq By J. Dawkins
Contributors Navigation

►Hold your mouse cursor on the name of an author to see
a brief bio and an introduction to his or her article
►Click on the name of an article to go there

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scriptures say that He will be our King and rule over the
whole earth; but will it really be a government in the sense
of what we see in the world today? Hardly. Christ having
had all things made subject to Him does not force us to
submit. With that being so, why on earth would he change
that? The state rules by force and coercion through fear.
Christ operates on a much different frequency. It brings
to mind a statement made by Joseph Smith, that we all are

familiar with, that he made when questioned about how he

can govern such a great number of people:
“I teach them correct principles, and they govern them-

selves.”

With that being said, do we human beings have the
capacity to govern ourselves without intervention on the
part of the state? Does necessity really breed invention in
the case of the state? Are the current ills of society merely
a product of government rule and the state’s ability to con-
vince us of the necessity of its survival? I recall speaking
with a friend once on the subject of communism. He spoke

highly of it and even remarked that the intellectuals should

rule because they know what’s best since they are smarter
than those they rule. I can understand why my friend and
others think communism is a good idea. Everyone has a
job, food, clothes, shelter, etc. However, nearly all aspects
of your life are controlled or owned by the state. There is
little to no room for free will and what is a man without
his agency? It is the total embodiment of Lucifer’s plan.
How can people progress or prosper under such a system?
Where can we fnd true liberty and the total embodiment

A Note to Our Readers

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lished by members of the LDS Church. The paper is mod-
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in publication for over seventy years.

The primary objective of The Mormon Worker is to mean-
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host of political, economic, ecological, philosophical, and
social topics.

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of the Father’s plan?
During the course of these thoughts, and in no way by
accident, I had been introduced to a new idea. I maintain
a blog and a fellow member of the church and blogger left
me a comment concerning one of my posts. Upon visiting
his site, something struck a chord in me. I had found the

answer to the question I hadn’t realized I was asking myself.

The answer was Anarchy. Growing up in a system of state
funded and state controlled ”education”, I had been given
the impression that anarchy was somehow a bad thing for
it was lawlessness and chaos. Maybe at one point in time,
or even from someone else’s perspective, that was true.
However anarchy, as what I have come to fnd out for my-
self, is merely the absence of the state. It is the epitome of
free agency, but that does not mean it must be free agency
without consequence. Law and order can still exist, just in
a different and more natural way than what we are used
to. If the state exists, it should only exist to protect the
liberty of its people and I think that was the original vision
of this country. The question to ponder though is: “What
is the state doing for/to us?” Is the state protecting our
liberty? Or, is it just fnding new and craftier ways of tak-
ing it from us without us knowing? If you wanted to steal
something from me, the easiest way would be to distract
my attention away from that which you are trying to take.
Could we be a prosperous people in this age of existence
without the state?

Even though our beliefs might differ, we can still fnd
common ground as human beings who both acknowledge

the other’s free will. How is it that we can send satellites
into the far reaches of space, but we still rely on those who
are equal to us, not greater, to rule us? Even if I were to

believe that a person lives in sin, it is not God’s way, or will
for that matter, for me to try and force that person, through

legislation or other “legal” means, to live as I believe. Now
I can however share my beliefs in a loving manner and I
might even call that person to repentance, but nowhere in
the scriptures am I commanded to become that person’s
ruler because of their views or way of life. When it comes

down to it I alone will be held responsible for my behavior.

It says the following in D&C 101:78-79:
“That every man may act in doctrine and principle per-
taining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I
have given unto him, that every man may be accountable
for his own sins in the day of judgment. Therefore, 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 comfort-
ably say, “Yes”. While I do feel order is necessary, I do

not feel an ever increasingly intrusive form of government

is synonymous with order. Ruling people through fear is
not order. Order is peaceful, but people ruled by fear is
a volatile situation just waiting for the catalyst that will
surely erupt into chaos. If anarchy were to prevail, then it
is not to say that corruption shall be put to rest. However,
if all men are free then one man’s corruption will not have
the impact it has today. I do not believe that everyone in a
position of power is corrupt, but I do believe the corrup-

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tion present, warrants a change in the way things are done.
I would say that many people don’t want things to change
because they are afraid of how they will be affected and
that change might require more than we are readily will-

ing to sacrifce. Affuence makes humans lazy, but we have

the capacity to make dramatic changes and create history.
History is often the best promoter in the creating of itself.
Humans have the power to change their environment if
they so desire. Although much like everything else in the
gospel, it requires action. Affuence and ease of life has
created too many distractions to keep our focus on things

that are not important. Anarchy might not be the medicine

to cure the sickness of the world, but I feel it is a step in
the right direction.

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