Latter-day Liberty: A Gospel Approach to Government and Politics
By Felix, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Having read the three books recommended by Ezra Taft Benson in his general conference address “Civic Standards for the Faithful Saints” (Many Are Called But Few Are Chosen, The Elders of Israel and the Constitution; and Prophets, Principles, and National Survival), I found the book Latter-day Liberty to be doctrinally and philosophically consistent with the messages in those three books. I highly recommend that all Latter-day Saints read the book Latter-day Liberty, and in addition to the books recommended by Ezra Taft Benson, in order to discover this consistency for themselves.
In response to the negative review accusing the book of being deceptive, this “customer” has apparently either not read the book or did not understand what the author clearly said in the book about libertarianism. There is a specific chapter in the book dealing with libertarianism, and contrary to what the negative review claims, Connor Boyack specifically stated in his book that he is NOT saying that the Church endorses the platform of the Libertarian Party. The notion that there is a "hidden agenda” or “ploy” to deceive the reader is absurd and without substance. Recall that the First Presidency said in a 2008 letter to the Church that “Principles compatible with the gospel may be found in various political parties.” What Brother Boyack does do is identify in libertarianism the principles compatible with the gospel, and consistently teaches that our loyalty to correct principles should supersede our loyalty to any given political party.
By Patsy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book is carefully planned to deceive the reader with it's undertone of libertarian philosophy, while not honestly admitting it. The hidden agenda is a ploy to draw the reader into a specific political platform, using church references to imply that the church is libertarian and that the members should be too. Many church quotes and references that do not support this way of thinking are left out, while only those that can be twisted to support the author's position are included. The church should not be used this way. This is not how they do things.
By Eric, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Boyack's book, Latter-Day Liberty, is a most unusual find and an unprecedented manual for political thinkers interested in achieving a greater congruence of political thought with their religious tenets. Within, the author takes doctrinal and historical approaches to the topic of LDS political philosophy, convincingly making a central case that that government is to be a protector of liberty instead of the unrestrained agent of coercion.
Latter-Day Liberty remedies what has been a glaring lack of accessibly cohesive published material on the topic of political, economic and religious liberty from the LDS perspective. The book contains a rich collection of scriptural references and quotes from prophets, apostles and from other great secular and theological thinkers and originators that span from ancient to current, resulting in a fascinating array of harmonious thought from liberty's brightest lights.
The writer has combined a logical rigor with a theological astuteness that took this reader on a mission through his mind and the ideas that the author accurately describes as foundational on principal and "crucial to the protection of our liberty, and the preservation of our society."
It is no stretch to say that the Latter-Day Saints are a people that are (or should be) keenly interested in politics, having been spurned, threatened and even driven out by governments. As one example of interest, this book exposes the largely-ignored history and struggles of predominant LDS political leanings which were originally with the liberal Democratic Party - from a time when "liberal" still retained its original meaning; more freedom and less government. With the switch and shift of the two major political parties in the early 1900's, LDS members began to identify and tip more towards Republican conservatism. Boyack then engagingly proposes that the Saints have been "tossed to and fro" by the winds of political doctrine and sleight of men. Whether our civilization achieves total political or economic liberty or not, this book may further promote a mind that is free from the machinations of mainstream thought that runs damagingly deep and wide.
Certainly, Boyack is a vigorous researcher and mentally, a heavy lifter from which he has produced a guide for those that have no fear of rekindling their deep respect for natural law (versus artificial law) and the key LDS doctrine of the great original and ongoing battle of humanity over their own free agency.
By Michelle, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Latter Day Liberty is a timely book that redraws the line between liberty and tyranny in a political climate where that line has been obscured. While the two major political parties do nothing more than perpetuate each other’s policies and put on a front of fighting for freedom, this book brings clarity to the concept of genuine liberty. Primarily directed to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, it examines Church history and doctrine from the standpoint of liberty and gives direction to how it applies to the issues of today.
Latter Day Liberty is compelling and easy to understand for the average reader, yet is profound enough to pique the interest of more technical readers. Reading this book will leave one spiritually uplifted and better informed on important topics of today.
By James, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Latter-day Liberty provides much needed clarity and perspective on the proper role between man, God, and government. Topic by topic, Connor Boyack suggests scripturally based remedies to many of the social, economic, and political ailments facing society. The overall message is consistent with a standard laid out by Joseph Smith that:
"All men are, or ought to be free, possessing unalienable rights, and the high and noble qualifications of the laws of nature and of self-preservation, to think, and act, and say as they please, while they maintain a due respect to the rights and privileges of all other creatures, infringing upon none." (History of the Church 5:156)
Controversial, enlightening, and bulletproof, this book is a must read for anyone who participates (or wishes to participate) in the civic process.