Ezra Benson . In general terms, therefore, the proper role of government includes such defensive activities You say, “It can’t happen here. Government is a creation of the people and ought to be subservient to them. We need to be wary of giving centralized government too much power. The proper role of government [Ezra Taft Benson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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Government is created by man. The author shows very clearly the fundamentals of government and compares the good–the proper roles of government–with the bad–the improper roles that have entrenched themselves bnson modern America. I have read this pamphlet before, but I took it off my shelf and read it again today. In reply to the argument that a little bit of socialism is ggovernment so long as it doesn’t go too far, it is tempting to say that, in like fashion, just a little bit of theft or a little bit of cancer is all right, too!

If the city cannot handle it, then the county. In other words, his material well-being is all important; his privacy and his freedom are strictly secondary.

The Proper Role of Government – Ezra Taft Benson – BYU Speeches

There is such power in simmering things down to basic principles against which all actions can be measured.

A bovernment devoted to helping people understand that the principles of freedom and liberty vouchsafed by the United States Constitution were inspired by God, and are for the benefit of all mankind.

Reaffirm our faith in all things for which true Americans have Every American needs to read this! The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. There is one simple test. It’s short – less than 20 pages I think. Apr 03, Eddie rated it it was amazing Shelves: We have strayed far afield.

No one has the authority to grant such powers, as welfare programs, schemes for re-distributing the wealth, and activities which coerce people into acting in accordance with a prescribed code of social planning.


The Powers Of A Proper Government It also includes those powers necessarily incidental to the protective functions such as: Kimball to become president of the church years earlier than Benson.

Is an often-voice question. Reaffirm our faith in all things for which true Americans have always stood. Economic security for all is impossible without widespread abundance.

Of course, as James Madison, sometimes called the Father of the Vovernment, said, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. Individual property is a socially constructed right that was needed by economic elites at the outset of the Industrial Revolution to cement their privileges in society.

It stands to reason that the government proprr has no innate power or privilege to do anything. In my opinion, the bulk of the transition could be accomplished within a ten-year period and virtually completed within twenty years.

I regard this inspired document as a solemn agreement between the citizens of this nation which every officer of government is under a sacred duty to obey. In closing I wish to refer you to the words of the patriot Thomas Paine, whose writings helped so much to stir into a flaming spirit the smoldering embers of patriotism during the days of the American Revolution:.

But a liberty to dispose and order freely as he lists his person, actions, possessions, and his whole property within the allowance of those laws under which he is, and therein not to be subject to the arbitrary will of another, but freely follow his own. Want to Read saving…. If we live and thf so as to enjoy the approbation of a Divine Providence, we cannot fail.

To ask other readers questions about The Proper Role of Governmentplease sign up. Since my conscience will never permit me to physically punish my fellow man unless he has done something evil, or unless tadt has failed to do something which I have a moral right to o of him to do, I rolf never knowingly authorize my agent, the government to do this on my behalf. We must return to basic concepts and principles — to eternal verities.

The Proper Role of Government

I pray that we will never do anything that will jeopardize in any manner our priceless heritage. As rzra conclusion to this discussion, I present a declaration of principles which have recently been prepared by a few American patriots, and to which I wholeheartedly subscribe. Dec bensoh, Julia M rated it liked it. On October 7,both Benson and Spencer W.


I agree with quite a bit of the basic principle in this pamphlet, but I am troubled by the logic.

As the French political economist, Frederick Bastiat, phrased it so succinctly, “Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have te laws. That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? For in all the states of created beings, capable of laws, where there is no law there is no freedom.

This means, then, that the proper function of government is limited only to those spheres of activity within which the individual citizen has the right to act. No trivia or quizzes yet. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master!

This is the only way in which the principle of “self-government” can be made effective. Suppose pioneer “A” wants another horse for his wagon, He doesn’t have the money to buy one, but since pioneer “B” has an extra horse, he decides that he is entitled to share in his neighbor’s good fortune, Is he entitled to thr his neitake his neighbor’s horse?

Every American needs to read this! But, it is a question which is vital to an understanding of the principles which underlie the proper function of government. Benson’s religion gole preaches that the forces of evil assume the appearance of good, calling for members to assume multiple perspectives, think critically, and avoid being deceived.

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It is a firm principle that the smallest or lowest level that can possibly undertake the task is the one that should do so. Until these questions are answered there is little likelihood that we can correctly determine how government can best secure them. Verlan Anderson article is even worse.