Adam S Miller on Joe Spencer’s For Zion

If you haven’t read Joe Spencer’s book, “For Zion, a Mormon Theology of Hope” yet, you need to.  In the meantime, Adam S Miller is discussing each chapter (one per week) over at Times and Seasons.  You can read parts One and Two over there.

One concept currently being discussed is the idea that God has created all things as a gift for us. The sun shines on the good and bad. His gifts are ubiquitous. It is when we sin that we usurp God’s gifts for our own purposes, similar to how Satan wished to be the Savior of mankind for his own glory and purpose. Continue reading

The 1 Percent who own half the world’s wealth

As a Libertarian, I hate faux Republican and Democratic government programs equally.

Given the “war on poverty” has been going for 50 years and we have more poor people than ever, while spending trillions of dollars on it, we can see that it is a failure.  Has it helped people to eat? Yes. Has it eliminated poverty? No.

So, what’s the solution? Many would have us double down on the program, spending twice as much.  The reality is, the more we do, the more people end up dropping below the poverty line. Continue reading

book review: Feardom by Connor Boyack

“Fear always springs from ignorance.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rahm Emanuel (Obama’s former chief of staff) said, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”  He meant that when there’s a crisis, try to stack on it as much other policy, regulation, tax increases, and programs that you can.  His statement fits nicely in with Connor Boyack’s book, Feardom.

In this book, Boyack considers how governments use fear to get the public to approve and back new rules, regulations, actions and wars that the leaders of a nation seek to implement. Continue reading