Friedrich August von Hayek:

Is there a greater tragedy imaginable than that, in our endeavour consciously to shape our future in accordance with high ideals, we should in fact unwittingly produce the very opposite of what we have been striving for?

Nobel Laureate of Economic Sciences, 1974.

M. Russell Ballard:

It may not always be easy, convenient, or politically correct to stand for truth and right, but it is always the right thing to do. Always..

General Conference, Oct. 1997. Standing for Truth and Right.

Neal A. Maxwell:

We are Christ’s kingdom builders. Those who build the heavenly kingdom have always made nervous the people who are busy building worldly kingdoms. Noah’s ark-building was not politically correct.

Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book, by Neal A. Maxwell, Church.

Neal A. Maxwell:

The more what is politically correct seeks to replace what God has declared correct, the more ineffective approaches to human problems there will be.

Ensign, May 1996, p. 68.

Joseph Smith:

By free government, we do not mean that a man has a right to steal, rob, etc. but free from bondage, taxation, and oppression. Free in everything if he conduct himself honestly and circumspectly with his neighbor. Free in a Spiritual capacity.

An American Prophet’s Record. The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith, Edited by Scott. H. Faulring, s. 361-62.

John Taylor:

These secret combinations were spoken of by Joseph Smith, years and years ago. I have heard him time and time again tell about them, and he stated that when these things began to take place the liberties of this nation would begin to be bartered away.

Journal of Discourses 22:139. The Saints’ Mission is One of Peace, Etc.

Neal A. Maxwell:

Decrease the belief in God, and you increase the numbers of those who wish to play at being God by being “society’s supervisors.” Such “supervisors” deny the existence of divine standards, but are very serious about imposing their own standards on society.

The Prohibitive Costs of a Value-free Society.

George Albert Smith:

As we look about in the world among the various countries, we find philosophies and forms of government the effect of which is to deprive men of their free agency, but by reason of thy timely warning to us, we know that they are not approved of thee. Since the God of this choice land is Jesus Christ, we know that his philosophy of free agency should prevail here. Thou didst amply demonstrate this great principle to us by raising up wise men for the very purpose of giving us our constitutional form of government.

The Improvement Era, Vol. 48, No. 10. Dedicatory Prayer Idaho Falls Idaho Temple by President George Albert Smith, September 23, 1945, pp. 562-565.

Ayn Rand:

The essential characteristic of socialism is the denial of individual property rights.

The Virtue of Selfishness, 1964.

Ezra Taft Benson:

The scriptures tell us about the war in heaven over free agency – similar to the war we are going through now, where the devil’s program was guaranteed security as opposed to the Lord’s program of letting each choose for himself even if he makes the wrong choice. Once you understand these scriptures you will understand why the Presidents of the Church have opposed Communism, Socialism, and the Welfare State and you will see why you must oppose them, too, if you are in harmony with the word of the Lord.

Speeches BYU: Government. A Race Against Time. Address given at BYU, December 10, 1963.

David O. McKay:

Teachings and ideologies subversive to the fundamental principles of this great Republic, which are contrary to the Constitution of the United States, or which are detrimental to the progress of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be condemned, whether advocated by Republicans or Democrats.

Religious Studies Center. Latter-day Prophets and the United States Constitution > David O. McKay, 9.15 – Closing Address, 952.

James E. Faust:

We live in a day when many things are measured against the standard of social or political correctness. I challenge that false doctrine of human behavior. The influence of Satan is becoming more acceptable. Elizabeth Barrett Browning said, “The devil’s most devilish when respectable.” However, as Shakespeare said, “He’s mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf.”

Ensign, Sep. 1995. First Presidency Message. Serving the Lord and Resisting the Devil.

David O McKay:

Above all else, strive to support good and conscientious candidates of either party who are aware of the great dangers inherent in communism, and who are truly dedicated to the Constitution in the tradition of our founding fathers. They should also pledge their sincere fealty to our way of liberty – a liberty which aims at the preservation of both personal and property rights. Study the issues, analyze the candidates on these grounds, and then exercise your franchise as free men and women. Never be found guilty of exchanging your birthright for a mess of pottage!

October 1962 General Conference

Joseph Fielding Smith:

The present turmoil and contention in the world is due to the fact that the leaders of nations are getting their inspiration from Satan and not from the Lord. The Lord’s Spirit is withdrawn from them according to his promise.

Answers to Gospel Questions, vol. 5. Has the Spirit of the Lord Been Taken from Men?

Neal A. Maxwell:

The living of one protective principle of the gospel is better than a thousand compensatory governmental programs—which programs are, so often, like “straightening deck chairs on the Titanic.”

General Conference Oct 1974. Why Not Now?

Frank Chodorov:

Progressive income and inheritance taxation was first advocated as a means of destroying private property by Karl Marx, in the Communist Manifesto, published in 1848. Thereafter, every socialist party platform included this plank.

The Income Tax: Root of All Evil.

Bruce R. McConkie commenting on the beast in Rev. 13:4:

They worshipped the beast] Even the kingdoms, which follow Satan’s course, shall inspire awe, reverence, and worship on the part of Godless men. In this connection, here is a point to ponder: Do those who espouse Godless communism,* substitute the worship of the state for the worship of God?

* The goal of the communists are socialism.
DNTC Vol. III, Satan Governs Earthly Kingdoms.

Ezra Taft Benson:

There is a God in Heaven who is the sovereign power of the universe, and we are His literal offspring. He has endowed us with inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This He has implanted in the human breast. This is why men cannot be driven indefinitely or led by despotic rulers to intellectual or physical slavery and bondage. Fear and despotism may rule for a generation or two or three, but in time the human spirit rebels, the spirit of liberty manifests itself, and its tyrannous hand is overthrown. Yes, as the offspring of God, we share a common paternity that makes us literally brothers, and thus a common destiny. When this truth sinks into the human heart, men demand their rights-life, liberty, and happiness. It is as the Apostle Paul told the Corinthians, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17)

This Nation Shall Endure, p. 69.

Ezra Taft Benson:

Sometimes from behind the pulpit, in our classrooms, in our council meetings and in our church publications we hear, read or witness things that do not square with the truth. This is especially true where freedom is involved. Now do not let this serve as an excuse for your own wrong-doing. The Lord is letting the wheat and the tares mature before he fully purges the Church. He is also testing you to see if you will be misled. The devil is trying to deceive the very elect.

Our Immediate Responsibility. BYU Speeches, October 25, 1966.

Russell M. Nelson:

We encourage our members to be upright and loyal citizens in the countries that give them citizenship and to uphold governmental leaders and obey the civil laws wherever they live.

“Combating Spiritual Drift,” October 1993.

Joseph Fielding Smith:

Our government rests upon religion. It is from that source that we derive our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberality and for the rights of mankind. Unless the people believe in these principles, they cannot believe in our government.

Joseph Fielding Smith, April 1943 General Conference.

Ezra Taft Benson:

The Book of Mormon also tells us of some of the perverse reasoning the devil will use in our day to keep the Saints ignorant, complacent and asleep.

“And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well – and thus the devil cheateth their souls and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.” (2 Nephi 28:21)

Now, this reasoning takes several forms. For instance, “Don’t worry,” say some, “the Lord will take care of us.” This is the usual theme of those who believe in faith without works.

Ezra Taft Benson, BYU, 10/25/66.

Joseph Fielding Smith:

This country was founded as a Christian nation, with the acceptance of Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of the world. It was predicted by a prophet of old that this land would be a land of liberty and it would be fortified against all other nations as long as its inhabitants would serve Jesus Christ; but should they stray from the Son of God, it would cease to be a land of liberty and His anger be kindled against them.

Joseph Fielding Smith, April 1943 General Conference.

Harold B. Lee:

False prophets and Christs Matt. 24:24 as foretold by the Savior, may come to deceive us not alone in the name of religion, but if we can believe the history of Italy and Germany and Russia, they may come under the label of politicians or of social planners or so-called economists, deceitful in their offerings of a kind of salvation which may come under such guise.

Conference Report, October 1950, pp. 129-132. Fortified by an Unshakable Testimony.

Brigham Young:

Mobs will not decrease, but will increase until the whole Government becomes a mob, and eventually it will be State against State, city against city, neighborhood against neighborhood, Methodists against Methodists, and so on.

See Isaiah 19:2.
Journal of Discourses 9:1, True Testimony, Preparation for Coming Events Etc.

John Taylor:

The manifestations of turbulence and uneasiness which prevail among the nations of the earth are truly lamentable. Well, have I anything to do with them? Nothing; but I cannot help but know that they exist. These feelings which tend to do away with all right, rule, and government, and correct principles are not from God, or many of them are not. This feeling of communism and nihilism, aimed at the overthrow of rulers and men in position and authority, arises from a spirit of diabolism, which is contrary to every principle of the Gospel of the Son of God.

Journal of Discourses 22:139, John Taylor, The Saints’ Mission is One of Peace, Etc.

Dallin H. Oaks:

We should also push back against the worldly practice that has been described as the culture of dependency—the expectation that the extended family or the community or the government will provide what you desire with a minimum of effort on your part. As required by the spiritual growth that is the purpose of the plan of salvation, the gospel teaching of self-reliance pushes back against the idea or culture of dependency .. Don’t be part of the worldly attitude described in the characterization of your generation as the “me generation,” interested only in “what’s in it for me.”

An address Elder Dallin H. Oaks gave at BYU-Hawaii commencement on February 25, 2017.

Bruce R. McConkie:

At Armageddon that great political power which “seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries,” and which “bringeth to pass the destruction of all people,” and which is itself “built up by the devil” (Ether 8:25)—that very political kingdom, in all its parts, shall be burned with fire. It is the great and abominable church.

Millennial Messiah: The Second Coming of the Son of Man.

Gordon B. Hinckley:

It is a miracle to me that the Church is able to accomplish so much. It is a miracle made possible by faith, under a plan which the Lord himself established for the financing of his kingdom. Tithing is so simple and straightforward a thing. The principle, as it applies to us, is actually set forth in one verse of section 119 of the Doctrine and Covenants. (D&C 119:4) That fourth verse consists of thirty-five words. Contrast that with the cumbersome and complex tax codes enacted and enforced by governments. In the one case it is a brief statement from the Lord, the payment left to the individual and motivated by faith. With the other it is a tangled web created by men and enforced by law.

General Conference, April 1984. The Miracle Made Possible by Faith.

Gordon B. Hinckley:

Is it too much to ask of anyone, any member of this Church, that you actually fast for two meals a month? It will only bless our lives if we do so. I am satisfied that if every man and woman and child in the United States of America were to observe this great and marvelous practice, which costs no one anything, not a thing, that it would take care of all the welfare problems of this nation.

Stand a Little Taller, p. 132.

Joseph L. Wirthlin:

We should ever remember that the government in and of itself produces nothing except through the channels of taxation. Therefore, the people should sustain the government and not expect the government to sustain them.

General Conference, Oct. 1943. Untitled.

Bruce R. McConkie:

There are today .. so-called liberals who think the problems of religion can be solved by dialogues and discussions without reference to revelation; there are others who maintain the Church should follow the world’s course of social progress.

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol. 2.

Brigham Young:

In spiritual things we are one; and we have also got to become one in temporal things as we are one in spiritual things. Brother Kimball has told you that the Lord does not mean that we shall be one in property, in the height of our persons, color of our hair and eyes, in the size and expression of our features, or in the acuteness and vigor of our senses. Being thus physically one would not make us one as the Lord wishes us to be one.

Journal of Discourses 10:339. Necessity of a Living Testimony of the Holy Ghost-How We Are to Be United, Etc.

Brigham Young:

If the Kingdom of God, or a theocratic government, was established on the earth, many practices now prevalent would be abolished.

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Chapter 36. Earthly Governments and the Kingdom of God.

Neal A. Maxwell:

A perceptive person has acknowledged: “The struggle to live ethically without God has left us not with the just and moral order we imagined but with disorder and confusion. “Something has gone radically wrong with secularism. The problem has more than its share of irony, for secularism, in the end, has converted itself into a kind of religion… “… Now the transition is complete: the state has become the church.” (Peter Marin, “Secularism’s Blind Faith,” Harper’s Magazine, Sept. 1995, 20) The more what is politically correct seeks to replace what God has declared correct, the more ineffective human approaches to human problems there will be.

General Conference April, 1996. “Becometh As a Child.”

Orson Pratt:

With all its glory and greatness and perfection, [the Constitution] was only a steppingstone to a form of government infinitely greater and more perfect—a government founded upon Divine laws, with all its institutions, ordinances, and officers appointed by the God of heaven.

Journal of Discourses, Vol. VII, Theocracy, p. 215.

Dallin H. Oaks:

Freedom may be qualified or taken away (1) by physical laws, including the physical limitations with which we are born, (2) by our own actions, and (3) by the actions of others, including governments.

Free Agency and Freedom. BYU Speeches. Oct. 11, 1987, University Conference.

James Madison:

I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedoms of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.

Stanley G. Ellis:

Even with the universally accepted desire to help the poor and needy, the Lord concurs in our goal but warns, “But it must needs be done in mine own way” D&C 104:16 Otherwise, in our efforts to help, we may actually hurt them. The Lord has taught us the need to promote self-reliance. Even if we are able to help, we should not give or provide what they can and should do for themselves. Everywhere it is tried, the world learns the evils of the dole. Truly God knows best.

General Conference, April 2013. The Lord’s Way.

Howard W. Hunter:

Under a free enterprise economy, little more than 6 percent of the population has produced nearly half of the world’s goods. We can today best wage a war on poverty by working on the roots of prosperity, not by sapping their vital strength. To sap the self-reliant spirit of enterprising independent souls in the development of a welfare state can bring only “poverty equally divided.” When the responsibility for their own welfare is completely shifted from the shoulders of individuals and families to the state, a lethal blow is struck at both the roots of our prosperity and our moral growth.

BYU Devotional. March 8, 1966. The Law of the Harvest: As a Man Sows, So Shall He Reap.

Russell M. Nelson:

Citizens of many countries claim membership in the Church. Regardless of their flag or form of government, they find that allegiance to the Lord does not preclude their being loyal citizens of their nations. Fidelity to God enables one to develop a more profound patriotic allegiance and become a better citizen.

General Conference, April 1996. Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods.

Dallin H. Oaks:

The Savior taught that contention is a tool of the devil. That surely teaches against some of the current language and practices of politics. Living with policy differences is essential to politics, but policy differences need not involve personal attacks that poison the process of government and punish participants. All of us should banish hateful communications and practice civility for differences of opinion.

General Conference, Oct. 2014. Loving Others and Living with Differences.