Economic Democracy and Mormon Workers
Well-known French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once declared that “Until you have marched to the barricades with the workers of the world, life has no meaning.” In my years as a professor at the Marriott School, Brigham Young University, I’ve experienced the meaning he articulated as I’ve marched in solidarity with tens of thousands of workers in my travels around the globe—from New York to Los Angeles, from France to India, from Brazil to Kenya. We’ve called for justice, protested against oppression, fought for better wages, and countered racial discrimination. Read more here.
Cooperation: A Common Principle of Mormonism and Anarchism
In the late 1800’s, the Mormon pioneers, exiled to the Utah territory, implemented one of the largest experiments in cooperative living that the United States has ever known. They wanted to create a society with no rich and no poor. This society would be built, among other things, on the principle of cooperativism. Cooperation is the simple notion that when people work together as opposed to competing with one another, they can achieve economic and political goals without backbreaking work, or the stratification of society that the capitalist system requires. Read more here.
Borders from an Eternal Perspective
Growing up in the church I was always told to keep an eternal perspective. This advice is meant to help us make correct decisions, to better understand the context of situations, and to see the significance of our choices in this life. If we live with a narrow understanding of ourselves and our world, we may sacrifice the things that matter most by concentrating on the things that matter least. The eternal perspective is sort of like an equation. We can take any problem or situation and plug it in to the equation and come up with the best resolution to any problem. Read more here.
Am I an Anarchist?
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 material things, to science and government. I would imagine that those who founded this country had a much different vision than where we find 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. Read more here.
A Brief History of Peasant Tolstoyans
Tolstoyans, also known as “Free Christians,” were devout followers of the Russian literary genius Leo Tolstoy. They opposed the Russian Orthodox Church because of its perceived corruption and its relations with the tsarist regime. Instead of practicing Russian Orthodoxy, the Tolstoyans followed a “ pure” religion through the “revelation” of Tolstoy. Tolstoy did not form an organized religion, but developed a life philosophy that would replace “the discord, deception, and violence that now rule” with “free accord, by truth, and by the brotherly love of one for another.” Read more here.
Killing for Gain: American Intervention in Iraq
Since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, American Mormons have been among the staunchest supporters of the war, as well as its executor, President Bush. As a Mormon who has lived in Iraq and witnessed first hand the tragedy that has befallen that country, such support for the bloodshed amongst my fellow Mormons, whom I know to be otherwise good-hearted and kind, is saddening. It is my hope that the following review of US military activities in Iraq from 1991 to the present will cause at least some members of the LDS Church to reevaluate their current position in support of ongoing US atrocities against the people of Iraq. Read more here.
In Defense of Blackwater, Gangs and Neocons
I am offering my legal services to the Blackwater private security guards who allegedly shot and killed eleven Iraqis civilians. In all modesty, the American legal profession innovatively comes up with the most novel, and yet effective defenses to those charged with homicide. Take for instance, the “insanity” defense. While the “insanity” defense as to homicide was once traditionally defined in English Common Law as a person being so lost to reality that when that person was cleaving someone’s head into two pieces with an axe, in their mind they were simply slicing a head of cabbage in preparation for supper. However, thanks to the ingenuity of modern legal minds, the traditional “insanity” defense has been extended to such things as “premenstrual cramps”, “moody Mondays” and of course, the assassin of San Francisco Mayor Moscone had the good fortune of having an attorney who could, with a straight face, successfully argue that his client was suffering from a diminished capacity brought on by a diet of “Twinkies and Coke.” Read more here.
Nephi’s Vision – Honesty in Time of War
We must never forget that the Book of Mormon begins with the destruction of Jerusalem and ends with a horrible scene of blood and carnage even the destruction of the Nephite civilization. From its opening pages until its conclusion it pleads with us to be wiser than our Nephite forebearers, to learn from their imperfections, and to come unto Christ. The Book of Mormon is not merely a collection of stories and morals for us to emulate, but it is a tragedy, a warning, a voice crying from the dust. Read more here.
Why I am Serving in Iraq
My name is J Dawkins. I am a sergeant in the United States Army currently serving a fifteen-month deployment in an area west of Baghdad. We go on daily missions among the local Sunnis and right now our focus is almost completely counter-insurgency. I joined the army in 2004 with the specific intent of deploying, and now that I’ve been in Iraq for about six months, I wish to write somewhat about why I am here. Read more here.