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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Mar 18, Patrick rated it it was ok Shelves: He successfully brings to light the perversions of authority and ignorance of the original intent of founders and statesmen that has plagued the U. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. If principles are correct, then they can be applied to any specific proposal with confidence Government is created by man. Apr 03, Eddie rated it it o amazing Shelves: There is much work to be done.

Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? They do so precisely because our government does NOT guarantee these things. View all 4 comments. Benson suffered poor health in the last years of his life from the effects of blood clots in the brain, strokes, and heart attacks, and was rarely ezzra publicly.

In particular I am opposed to any attempt on the part of the Federal Government to deny the people their right to bear arms, to worship and pray when and where they choose, or to own and control private property. In five minutes everyone from the five year old to the teenager gets it! Also a short, quick read. What powers properly belong to each and every person in the absence of and prior to the establishment of any organized governmental form?

For the millions of Latter Day Saints who admire Benson’s theological wisdom, it’s important to note that his economic wisdom struggled to keep pace.

He’s drawing on and quotes the works of French economist and philosopher Frederic Bastiat. Moreover, Benson relies in his argumentation on extensive quotes from Smith, Governjent, Bastiat and others and he contributes very little argumentative value himself.


The important thing to keep in mind is that the people who have created their government can give to that government only such powers as they, themselves, have in the first place. I agree with much of Benson’s philosophy of smaller government, but disagree with many of his specifics that basically anything beyond police and army is “legalized plunder” by the government. In light of that knowledge, his politics might be comfortably prooer to those of recent GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The Proper Role of Government

Right and wrong as moral principles do not change. I’ve acted out the sheriff story many times to my children and to seminary students, etc. To ask other readers questions about The Proper Role of Governmentplease sign up.

And thirdly, there is a growing number of dedicated men and women who, at great personal sacrifice, are actively working to promote a wider appreciation of these concepted men and women who, at great personal sacrifice, are actively working to promote a wider appreciation of these concepts.

The Source Of Governmental Power Leaving aside, for a moment, the question of the divine origin of rights, it is obvious that a government is nothing more or less than a relatively small group of citizens who have been hired, in a sense, by the rest of us to tfat certain functions and discharge certain responsibilities which have been authorized.

There is one simple test. If I do have such a tat, then I may delegate that power to my proped to exercise on my behalf. He was an outspoken critic of socialism in all its forms and this pamphlet really speaks to his political philosophy as well as giving a very broad history of tax policy, welfare, etc. I gifted it to several of my neighbors after attending the last Tfat caucus I am not a Republicanand will continue doing that. Most other countries in the world have attempted to use the power of government to meet this need.

We must not make any further concessions to communism at home or abroad. No governnent possesses such power to delegate.

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Even the non-believer can appreciate the logic of this relationship. The problem is that he just claims that these rights are given by God. Jun 12, Chuck Finely rated it it was prper. By this l Starting with the dictionary-defined flaw that we should all agree on, Benson speaks of socialism as if synonymous with “feeding the poor” but fails to mention economic subsidies.


Mar 05, Mike Emett rated it it was amazing. The basic concept is that the government has full responsibinsidered in a jail.

Let us begin – in earnest – now and may God bless our efforts, I humbly pray. The fact that he marks competing political ideas as “cancer” that have to be cut off tatt the political body is off putting and reminds me of the language that totalitarian regimes use to discredit their political enemies. It makes so much sense that our leaders and the way we vote should be based on principles and n This is a quick read but you will want to spend some time with it because it is so meaty.

America was built upon a firm foundation and created over many years from the bottom up. Three factors may make a difference.

Thus the government is not legitimized to infringe on the individuals rights. Next, the state; and only if no smaller unit can possible do the job should the federal government be considered.

This principle was clearly explained by Bastiat: This review has been hidden because it governmeny spoilers. No man possesses such power to delegate. Yet, in every case, the improvement has been marginal at best and has resulted in the long run creating more misery, more benso, and certainly less freedom than when government first stepped in.

The Proper Role of Government by Ezra Taft Benson

If, in fact, governments I agree with quite a bit of the basic principle in this pamphlet, but I am troubled by the logic. These things I believe to be the proper role of government. Labor gets a minimum wage, so agriculture seeks a price support.