Do the Book of Mormon and The Church of Latter-Day Saints support the Socialist or Communist forms of Government. The Salt Lake Tribune published an article last week stating that in The Book of Mormon the bad guys were Capitalists and the Gospel way was Socialist. Is the American original form of a Constitutional Republic a failed …experiment or an inspired and best of existing governments for man? “Jesus Christ—Gifts and Expectations”
“Democratic socialism is the very essence of Mormon theology and scripture. It is our common quest for Zion.” Troy Williams in Salt Lake TTribune 26 Feb 2011
“Democratic socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically—tomeet public needs, …not to make profits for a few. To achieve a more just society, many structures of ourgovernment and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and socialdemocracy so that ordinary Americans can participate in the many decisions that affect our lives.” Democratic Socialists of America
I and the Founders and Joseph Smith and all the Prophets since have rejected the democratic form of government as inadequate to give the most people a fair chance in a society. No society has yet stayed good for very long. When the society goes bad it will be overtaken by a vocal and threatening minority as is the case today in America and around the world.
Ether 8:22And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.
23Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.
24Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.
25For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning. Book Of Mormon