I want to print this one up and post it all over the local university:
What is unsatisfactory with present-day academic conditions — not only in this country but in most foreign nations– is not the fact that many teachers are blindly committed to Veblenian, Marxian and Keynesian fallacies, and try to convince their students that no tenable objections can be raised against what they call progressive policies. The mischief is rather to be seen in the fact that the statements of these teachers are not challenged by any criticism in the academic sphere. The pseudo-liberals monopolize the teaching jobs at many universities. Only men who agree with them are appointed as teachers and instructors of the social sciences, and only textbooks supporting their ideas are used. The essential question is not how to get rid of inept teachers and poor textbook. It is how to give the students an opportunity to hear something about the ideas of economists rejecting the tenets of the interventionists, inflationists, Socialists, and Communists.
-Ludwig Von Mises, Planning for Freedom, p 152.
No greater immediate responsibility rests upon members of the Church, upon all citizens of this Republic, and of neighboring Republics than to protect the freedom vouchsafed by the Constitution of the United States.
Let us, by exercising our privileges under the Constitution (1) Preserve our right to worship God according to the dictates of our concience, (2) Preserve the right to work when and where we choose. No free man should be compelled to pay tribute in order to realize this God-given privilege. Read in Doctrine and Covenants this statement: “… it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another. (101:79)” (3) Feel free to plan and to reap without the handicap of bureaucratic interference. (4) Devote our time, means, and life if necessary, to hold inviolate those laws which will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.
David O. McKay, Conference Report 4/50:37
Now may I call your attention to the fact that at no time was it designed that any individual should think it his business to control or dominate the lives of others.
Remember the warning of the prophet’s inspired words:
“It is the nature and disposition of almost all men as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, that they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion — hence, many are called, but few are chosen.”
Indeed, it is only our right as the poet declared, “to call, persuade, direct aright, in nameless ways be good and kind. But never force the human mind.” It is man’s failure to understand that basic truth which underlies much that has afflicted mankind from the beginning.
Harold B Lee, Church News, 6/6/51
The battle against tyranny may have to begin at home… The vast majority of politicians are more concerned with political plums than with government principles. Unfortunately, love of man for man seldom directs men in public office. To our shame, many men in public office, high and low, in the midst of personal dishonesty and corruption, pretend to serve their fellow men. They are all would-be dictators of different degrees. There is but one way to correct such evil – to clean house, to turn the rogues out of public office, and for you and other men of honest, righteous outlook to take their places. The fight against covetousness and for human liberty will be part of your campaign for man’s economic sufficiency. It will not be a pleasant job, perhaps, but there must be ho hesitancy on the part of educated men in accepting the duty. In bringing about a better economic world you will indeed be of service to your “own generation.”
John A. Widtsoe, 1939, The Improvement Era, 41:444
“There are certain principles that are inherent in man, that belong to man, and that were enunciated in an early day, before the United States government was formed, and they are principles that rightfully belong to all men everywhere. They are described in the Declaration of Independence as inalienable rights, one of which is that men have a right to live; another is that they have a right to pursue happiness; and another is that they have a right to be free and no man has authority to deprive them of those God-given rights, and none but tyrants would do it.
“These principles, I say, are inalienable in man; they belong to him; they existed before any constitutions were framed or any laws made. Men have in various ages striven to strip their fellow-men of these rights, and dispossess them of them. And hence the wars, the bloodshed and carnage that have spread over the earth. We, therefore, are not indebted to the United States for these rights; we were free as men born into the world, having the right to do as we please, to act as we please, as long as we do not transgress constitutional law nor violate the rights of others…
“Another thing God expects us to do, and that is to maintain the principle of human rights… We owe it to all liberty-loving men, to stand up for human rights and to protect human freedom, and in the name of God we will do it, and let the congregation say Amen.”
John Taylor, 1882, Journal of Discourses, volume 23, page 263