Principium Volume II, Book 9, Quote 933, 942, and 944

933. (10-12-2010) …public works…are always better maintained by a local or provincial revenue, under the management of a local or provincial administration, than by the general revenue of the state, or which the executive must always have the management….The abuses which sometimes creep into the local and provincial administration of a local and provincial revenue, how enormous soever [sic] they may appear, are in reality, however, almost always very trifling in comparison of those which commonly take place in the administration and expenditure of the revenue of a great empire. They are, besides, much more easily corrected.

- Adam Smith – The Wealth of Nations, 1776


942. (10-22-2010) (This reminds me of that section in the Doctrine and Covenants that talks about the use of the priesthood, and that it is to be used “by persuasion and long suffering.”)ATJ For though management and persuasion are always the easiest and the safest instruments of government, as force and violence are the worst and the most dangerous, yet such, it seems, is the natural insolence of man that he almost always disdains to use the good instrument, except when he cannot or dare not use the bad one.

- Adam Smith – The Wealth of Nations, 1776


(“We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion….No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile.” – D&C section 121:41-42)ATJ


944. (10-25-2010) (Understanding history, leads one to understand this next point and why it is so significant that when people exercised more independence in their education both spiritual and secular, in their business and work affairs, in the social and family affairs, this power that was exercised over them was thrown off. This was the age of enlightenment when the age of darkness was left behind and men and women struggled to form free and enlightened societies casting off ignorance and the chains of oppression. This took a few hundred years and still occurs because man is quick to trample under feet the statutes of God.)ATJ The gradual improvement of arts (education)ATJ, manufactures, and commerce, the same causes which destroyed the power of the great barons, destroyed in the same manner, through the greater part of Europe, the whole temporal power of the clergy. In the produce of arts, manufactures, and commerce, the clergy, like the great barons, found something for which they could exchange their rude produce, and thereby discovered the means of spending their whole revenues upon their own persons, without giving any considerable share of them to other people. Their charity became less extensive, their hospitality less liberal or less profuse. Their retainers became consequently less numerous, and by degrees dwindled away altogether. The clergy too, like the great barons, wished to get a better rent from their landed estates, in order to spend it, in the same manner, upon the gratification of their own private vanity and folly. But this increase of rent could be got only by granting leases to their tenants, who thereby became in a great measure independent of them. The ties of interest which bound the inferior ranks of people to the clergy (chains of oppression)ATJ were in this manner gradually broken and dissolved….During the greater part of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries the power of the great barons was, through the greater part of Europe, in full vigour [sic]. But the temporal power of the clergy, the absolute command which they had once had over the great body of the people, was very much decayed. The power of the church was by that time very nearly reduced through the greater part of Europe to what arose from her spiritual authority; and even that spiritual authority was much weakened when it ceased to be supported by the charity and hospitality of the clergy. The inferior ranks of people no longer looked upon that order, as they had done before, as the comforters of their distress, and the relievers of their indigence. On the contrary, they were provoked and disgusted by the vanity, luxury, and expense of the richer clergy, who appeared to spend upon their own pleasures what had always before been regarded as the patrimony of the poor.

- Adam Smith – The Wealth of Nations, 1776


(Now consider how the Democrat party, the progressives, the socialist, will use the promise of benefits, money, jobs, food, entertainment, etc., to entice different classes of people to vote for them while they enact schemes to soak the rest of the population of their wealth, and spend it as a reward and guarantee that the people that voted for them will keep voting for them, with the mantra of “the government will take care of you” they enact laws that give benefits to as many as possible, meanwhile they must raise taxes, knowing that if anyone tries to take away the benefits the people have become used to receiving, the people will rise up and protect the benefit givers, even though this activity or strategy is most deleterious to personal liberty, freedom, rights, and property, everything good about the foundations of this country because, ironically, the founders, not being afraid to learn from history, had already learned this lesson about human nature, about power, greed, and subjection. Think Rome and many other examples.)ATJ

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