Posts Tagged ‘ Politics ’

Grad Student Conference: Mormonism in Politics

November 23, 2007 | 7 comments
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Graduate Student Conference at Claremont: Call for Papers “May These Principles Be Established”: Mormonism in the Political Arena Read more »

Sordid Political Post for Mittheads and Anti-Mittheads

October 19, 2007 | 97 comments
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Prominent evangelical conservatives are making Mitt Romney noises. Read more »

Help out Harry Reid

October 15, 2007 | 112 comments
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When Harry Reid spoke at BYU last week, he brought up a topic he was uniquely suited to address. To paraphrase, how can you be a Mormon and a Democrat? Reid’s response was, well, deeply predictable in the outset but wildly unpredictable after that. Read more »

Evans Political Bull-Bear Indicator: August 2007

August 21, 2007 | 74 comments
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The people who bet money on their ability to predict political events are bullish on Mitt Romney. Read more »

Markets and Consumer Activism

April 11, 2007 | 56 comments
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With fair regularity, one hears someone talking of efforts to buy less of some commercial product, either out of a desire for global conservation or because he doesn’t like how it is produced or whatever. Invariably, he comments that his own effect on the market is small, but he wishes to “send a message” or help along some broader movement. Within a plausible model of markets. there are easily understood conditions under which this small effect is actually zero, and remains zero even if he is joined by many like-minded individuals. At which point one wonders if the “message”... Read more »

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem

June 16, 2006 | 47 comments
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My wife and I were in Jerusalem for a week in March. Below are some thoughts on the city, its religious heritage, and the current conflict. Read more »

How perfect a union?

May 29, 2006 | 19 comments
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Are the United States substantially a moral union–a union on moral questions? This question has bearing on what belongs in the Constitution. Read more »

Tomorrow morning, at 2 AM

April 2, 2006 | 23 comments
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Once a year, after enduring a grueling six hours of church in one day, I lay down to sleep knowing that during the wee hours of the night I will be robbed of one whole hour. It is time to forever abolish Daylight Saving Time. Read more »

Defining terrorism

March 29, 2006 | 25 comments
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By request, this morning I am going to talk about defining terrorism. The first important thing you need to realize is that there is no single widely accepted definition, either in academia or in the policy world. Everyone uses their own. So we’re going to talk about how you can build your own definition of terrorism. Read more »

An Experiment in Blog Discussion

June 14, 2005 | 60 comments
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One thing usually missing from discussion on this blog and, from what I have seen, all others, is extended, thoughtful discussion. Read more »

Some Wore Red, Some Wore Blue

March 8, 2005 | 88 comments
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Thanks for the introduction and the opportunity, Rosalynde. I feel lucky to have a big sister who precedes, exceeds, but includes me in just about every important thing. Read more »

Modern Gadiantons?

November 30, 2004 | 81 comments
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One last post, before my non-philosophical blogging stint is done. One thing I’ve thought of with recent events in the middle east was the parallels to the Book of Mormon. I know that’s not exactly an original point to make, but I think the Book of Mormon has a lot of parallels both regarding our enemies as well as how we act towards our enemies. Dan Peterson has long written about the strong parallels between the Gadianton movement and various guerilla movements and insurgencies. I’ve listened to him describe extensive parallels, for instance, between Mao’s insurgency in China and... Read more »

Political Lessons of Mormon History

November 19, 2004 | 11 comments
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One nice thing about blogging here is that I can talk about topics I don’t get to on my blog – specifically politics. However what I find interesting is what Mormonism can bring to the political arena. One thing that has long been on my mind are the lessons of our past. The example of Mormon history was often discussed back in the days following Waco and the tragedy there. However what has been little discussed is how the problem of Mormonism and pluralism in places like Illinois, Ohio, or Missouri can help us learn how to deal with... Read more »

The Senate Sits in Solemn Session and Considers the Questions Facing the Nation

November 16, 2004 | 17 comments
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This afternoon, one of my secret contacts on Capitol Hill (secret because he likes his current job and doesn’t want to lose it and return to K street) sent me the following message. I think it speaks for itself: Read more »

Mormon Senator Harry Reid

November 3, 2004 | 290 comments
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One of the so-far-untold stories of the election is that Mormon Senator Harry Reid will almost certainly assume leadership of the Democratic Party in the United States Senate. Senator Tom Daschle appears to be going down in South Dakota, thus providing an opening for Reid. Of course, the Democrats are a minority in the Senate, but they are far from irrelevant. I assume this makes Reid the most powerful Mormon politician in the United States. (Will he be the most powerful Mormon politician ever?) Ironic, in light of the recent dominance of the Republican Party among Mormons, that our... Read more »

Utah presidential politics

November 2, 2004 | 20 comments
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Not that anyone needs any more suspense tonight, but I’ll be keeping a curious eye on Utah’s election results. Read more »

Sheri Dew at the Republican Convention

August 31, 2004 | 166 comments
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As many of us know, Sheri Dew was selected to give the invocation at the Republican National Convention. The prayer she gave, as transcribed, was rather simple and probably uncontroversial: Heavenly Father, we come before Thee as citizens who care about this nation to express our gratitude for this land of liberty where we have the freedom to live, vote, and worship as we choose. We are grateful for the evidence of Thy hand in the founding of this nation. We are grateful for every man and woman in uniform, and ask Thee to bless them and their families.... Read more »

Deseret and Federalism

August 26, 2004 | 15 comments
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A coupla bright boys propose dividing the State of Texas into five parts. This is a great opportunity for a modern Caesar, Omnia Texania in quinque parte and so forth. This is also, according to the bright boys, a great opportunity for the modern Texans. It seems that when Congress let Texas into the Union Congress gave Texas blanket permission to split into five states anytime Texas desired. The old Texans were a bit slow to recognize this particular opportunity, true, but what an opportunity it is. Think of it. Ten Senators! Extra votes in the Electoral College! Five... Read more »

Recent Change to the Political Neutrality Statement

August 25, 2004 | 83 comments
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Over at BCC, John Hatch points out an important new change to the church’s political neutrality statement. The statement has an additional new sentence, and it reads: In addition, members who hold public office should not give the impression they represent the Church as they work for solutions to social problems. John gives a detailed breakdown of some of the recent incidents of church legislators invoking church doctrine to justify legislation, and of the numerous statements issued by the church over the last year repudiating those legislators. This change drives home the point the the political neutrality statement is... Read more »

That Darn Political Neutrality Statement: Now What Am I Supposed to Do?

August 21, 2004 | 125 comments
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Last Sunday morning, I was just starting to feel comfortable with the presidential election, having carefully completed my “lesser of two evils” analysis to make my decision about which of the two leading Skull and Bones members I wanted for President. And then during sacrament meeting, the bishop got up and read the Church’s political neutrality statement. It said something about not endorsing any party or candidate – sure, I was OK with that – and THEN came the catch: it said we were under a “special obligation” to seek out and uphold “leaders who will act with integrity... Read more »

Krakauer, Polygamy, and the Lost Boys

August 4, 2004 | 16 comments
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Both Dave’s and the Mormon Wasp have noted the recent press accounts about Krakauer (yes, that Krakauer) working to assist the teenage boys who are routinely expelled from the polygamous FLDS community in order to keep the proper male-to-female ratio. The plight of the “Lost Boys” who are expelled from the FLDS is troubling, and it’s nice to see that Krakauer is doing what he can (along with others) to help them make the transition into the real world. Read more »

The Iowa Electronic Markets

August 4, 2004 | 11 comments
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As we move through election season, the polls start coming fast and furious; the pundits punditorate, the politicians spin, the news media pretend not to spin, bloggers blog, and everybody offers the inside scoop as to the outcome of the election. How is one to aggregate all this information into the best possible guess as to who will win the presidential election? One excellent way to do it is to pay people to be right. This is exactly what is done at the Iowa Electronic Markets. If you are sure that John Kerry is going to be the next... Read more »

Utah and Massachusetts

July 26, 2004 | 15 comments
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I’ve noticed a few interesting statements linking the two states lately. The Boston Globe notes that: In Massachusetts, 16 percent of poll respondents said that they belong to “no religion,” only slightly above the national average of 14 percent (and below Utah’s 17 per cent). (Link via Philocrites). Meanwhile, Danithew notes John Kerry’s recent statement of how Mormonism is mainstream (and how that affects Massachusetts): “I think that over the course of this convention, people are going to see a Massachusetts that’s very much like America,” he said. “It’s interesting: the last four governors of our state have all... Read more »

Jingoists for John Kerry

July 21, 2004 | 66 comments
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I had an oddly cheering experience today. I was driving along behind a pickup truck proudly flying two American flags (amen, brother) and got close enough to read the bumper stickers. They read, “Real Men Love Jesus,” “Half the Patients Die in an Abortion Clinic,” and “John Kerry, 2004.” Good for you, sir, I thought. I’m a Bush man myself. I prefer his policies, respond to his character, and in any case don’t have reasons enough to cease being loyal (a quality sadly absent in liberal democracies). Still, I think all us politically-minded types could take a lesson from... Read more »

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