First of all, to those of you who are deciding to start caring about politics, or acting on that interest, bravo! To those who are confident in your understanding of politics and would like to know my reading suggestions, this post is also for you! For some of you, this is a really big step and you might be pretty concerned about how overwhelming this "politics stuff" is, and you may feel like a child in your understanding of what’s going on. That’s ok, I often do too. However, I actually think politics becomes very simple and interesting when you study the principles. We soon discover why John Adams considered politics "the divine science" and "the science of social happiness" (John Adams, Apr. 1776 Papers 4:86-93, web link).
So many people have been asking me for information about politics and how to be more involved. There is so much to say, do, and read that I’ve decided to put some of the most important things into a post, and this is the result! Continue reading
I’ve been considering the differences between liberty and freedom recently. By talking with my good friend Carter about this, I was able, with plenty of help from him, to piece together my thoughts and hone my ideas into the visual depiction you see before you. I’ve come to believe that liberty is a really special, even sacred, experience within the spectrums of both government and freedom (Note that the government spectrum is not the freedom spectrum. Government influences freedom, obviously. But so do cartels and other forms of anarchist organizations.). I’ve come to understand through my study that freedom needs to be restrained, and when it is perfectly bridled, the people all experience liberty. But when powerful people have more freedom, the rights of others are trampled.
I was recently struck by the profound ideas contained in the incredible hymn, “America The Beautiful”. This is the chorus of verse 2:
God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.
(emphasis added, America the Beautiful)
Liberty is freedom restrained by moral self-government. It is the golden state of a nation that lives under People’s Law, where all people are guaranteed the full exercise of their unalienable rights and is based on discipline and personal restraint. Former LDS apostle Marion G. Romney said, “Obedience to the law of Christ is liberty” ("The Perfect Law of Liberty", Marion G. Romney, October 1981). This form of government is so good and just that the Lord has said: Continue reading