Tuesday, August 31, 2010

3 Nephi - Chapter 4

Lots of interesting lessons on economics in this chapter.  The robbers couldn't imagine a time when resources would not sustain them.  They expected there would always be plenty for the taking.  Our government officials seem to have the same mentality.  While we don't call them robbers, they seem to have the same motives, to take from the producers and distribute to those who've done no producing.  Already we're beginning to see that it won't sustain itself any more than it did for the Gadiantons.  I suppose there will come a time, when like in Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged, those upon whose backs the current system rides will have had enough and withdraw from the system, causing it to collapse.  I think we are increasingly living a Plutocracy that is operated quite similarly to the Gadianton system.  Neither system is just.  Neither system can long survive.

The Nephites survived this mess because they chose leaders who were prophets and then followed them.  We may do the same.  How many of us though, will say, "But I want my share of the pie and join the wrong team?

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