About the Book

When I wrote Latter-day Liberty in 2011, it was meant to be a standalone volume. I consider what I wrote in that book to be extremely important not only for Latter-day Saints, but for every person, regardless of religion. Individual liberty is inexorably linked to agency, and these fundamental principles should guide not only our personal lives but also our interactions with others both directly and indirectly through government. It is my hope that what I perceive to be widespread ignorance on the subject will be increasingly corrected through the ideas presented in that book, as well as through the like- minded efforts by others working to advance the cause of liberty.

In the first few weeks after the book was published, many friends and supporters asked me if I was thinking of writing another. Given the time and energy required to write a book, I often replied that while I had a few ideas in mind, I probably would not attempt a second book for a few years. I have a young family, a busy career, and a significant time commitment to liberty-oriented activities and interests. The last thing I needed was to tackle another writing project so soon.

In what has become a long-standing cycle of course corrections in my life, I soon thereafter realized that my initial intentions would not last long. Just one month after the publication of Latter-day Liberty, the idea and structure of this book illuminated my mind with profound clarity while driving home one evening; I couldn’t pull out my iPhone fast enough to make an audio recording of everything I was thinking. Once the brain dump was complete, I realized that I had the blueprint for what was the obvious and necessary companion to my first book. It made sense, and I felt foolish for not having previously realized that in Latter-day Liberty, I had presented only one half of a two-part equation.

This book does not reflect a change of position from the principles and policies contained in Latter-day Liberty. That book deals with a subject that merits its own focus and discussion in order to fully understand what liberty is and how it applies to government and politics. In a sense, it can and should stand alone to allow for a narrow study of the specific issues it presents. Amplifying that understanding, though, requires expanding the discussion to related concepts that influence the degree to which our liberty can be attained and enjoyed. This book serves, then, as a companion volume to address the other half of the equation, for with increased liberty comes the obligation to assume more responsibility.

Latter-day Responsibility provides additional and needed context to help readers understand what our responsibilities are as citizens, including working to restrain the government and defend individual liberty. Just as we would only enter into a fight if we had the proper armor and training, so too must we understand the content in this book before battling the state.

Contents:

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Liberty
  • Self-Defense
  • Financial Freedom
  • Welfare and Charity
  • Preparedness and Self-Reliance
  • Education
  • Civic Duty
  • Food Production
  • Family
  • Faith and Morality
  • Conclusion
  • Appendices