Proper Role of Secular Government

George Washington said that government, “like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”Understanding how government can be used as an effective tool for preserving liberty, when kept in its proper bounds, is essential to ensuring it doesn’t become our “fearful master.”


The Law, by Frédéric Bastiat

How is it that the law enforcer itself does not have to keep the law? How is it that the law permits the state to lawfully engage in actions which, if undertaken by individuals, would land them in jail? These are among the most intriguing issues in political and economic philosophy. More specifically, the problem of law that itself violates law is an insurmountable conundrum of all statist philosophies. Bastiat’s essay here is timeless because it applies whenever and wherever the state assumes unto itself different rules and different laws from that by which it expects other people to live. Ezra Taft Benson’s “The Proper Role of Government” takes many of its principles from this timeless classic.

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It’s Just That Simple, by Dr. Joe Wolverton



Many Are Called But Few Are Chosen

It is unusual to find in recorded history a nation of people who enjoyed the privilege of self-government. It is even more rare to find a nation who possessed this right along with the gospel of Christ. The gospel teachings provide an understanding of the proper function of government, which lays an extremely important political duty upon those who have these teachings. When a nation of people who have had the power of government placed in their hands become evil and without conscience, they will use that power to plunder and enslave one another until individual freedom is destroyed. It is a truism taught by the sages and prophets and proved repeatedly in the history of nations that wickedness and liberty cannot exist side by side. Purchase a physical copy here.

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With the foundations of Natural Law and the proper role of government, click below to learn about the government Founders set up following those principles.

The Constitution