LDS Anarchist’s Posts Are “Open” Copyright


Freely Print What You Want

What this means is that anyone is free to to take any of the 180 or so posts that I’ve written and print them out and distribute them to the members  and leaders of your local ward or stake, or any ward or stake, for that matter, including to any general authorities.

Claim It As Your Own

You don’t have to give me credit for anything I’ve written here.  You don’t have to have to put the url of this blog anywhere on the page.  In fact, if you want, you can claim authorship of any of the articles.  I don’t mind.

Make Them Anonymous

It might be more effective to just keep the articles anonymous, without your name on them.  Then, people who read them will have only the message to judge.  They won’t be able to judge the messenger, as they won’t know who he or she is.

Modify Them As You Wish

Don’t like certain parts of my articles?  Just cut those parts out.  Don’t agree with certain parts?  Just re-word them so that they fit into your belief system.  Want to add your own words to them as if they were part of the original article?  Knock yourself out.

Want To Make Money?

For the really entrepreneurial types, feel free to take whatever group of articles you find on this blog (authored by me), modify and edit them as you wish, and then have them published in book form.  Sell as many of them as you like.  Keep all the profits yourself.  You don’t have to give me one red cent.

Here, I’ll get you started.  Go to FastPencil, sign up for a free account. then import the following blog post XML files to your account: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.  (Hyper-links forthcoming.)

Why I’m Posting This “Open” Copyright Announcement

After writing The Priesthood article, I began to review some of the conditions among men that would usher in the great and marvelous work.  I also began to review some of the things the Holy Ghost had told me concerning future events and conditions.  As I had these thoughts in my mind, a new thought struck me:

What if the LDS Anarchy blog were to play a part in the ushering in of these conditions?

This was a question I had never before considered.  Although I believe that some of the articles I’ve written are quite persuasive, there has always been one thing that has never allowed anyone (statist or anarchist alike) to take the concept of Mormon anarchism completely seriously, namely, the Mormon priesthood hierarchy.  Anarchists are all about dissembling hierarchies, so Mormon anarchy, in the minds of both anarchist and statist, is a contradiction in terms.

I knew from the start that anarchists and statists would be laughing their heads off at me and hardly anyone would believe a word I would write.  That was okay with me as my aim was to chiefly use the blog as a repository of my research papers and thoughts.  So, I pushed on with my writings, never once expecting that this blog would have even the slightest bit of influence upon anyone.

But my latest article on priesthood has made me reconsider everything.  It was that article and the research conducted for it, as well as subsequent research on priesthood (see An alternate view of the keys), that has turned everything upside down in my mind.  This research directly addresses the priesthood “hierarchy” and shows that it is not designed to be a hierarchy in the traditional sense, as used by the Gentiles rulers.

With this new, anarchic understanding of priesthood, the apparent contradictions cleared up.  The rest of my anarchy articles were now on a much more solid foundation.  As I considered that the strength of my arguments for Mormon anarchy were now immensely stronger than before because of the new priesthood research, it made me wonder if these blog articles could be more than just a repository for my future reference.  Perhaps the Lord could use this blog somehow.

I then turned my mind back to October 2007, when I began blogging.  I remembered the circumstances that caused me to consider starting a blog.  (See Why I started this blog.)  And I remembered how much pondering went into the decision to start it.  (See The Mormon Worker and the LDS Anarchy Blog:  The hand of the Lord or just a coincidence?)  Although I think that I did not mention it in either of those posts, to be entirely truthful, I actually did feel inspired by the Lord to publish my views on Mormon anarchy anonymously.  It was that feeling that clinched it for me to begin blogging.

So, here it is 2+ years and around 180 posts later, and now I’m having the thought that maybe the words written on this blog are not meant just to be viewed on a computer screen.  Maybe its purpose was to get the words out in public on the Internet, so that others could print them and take them to the True Blue Mormons who would never in a million years read anything here, because of that scary looking Anarchy is Order symbol at the top of each page.

Please Report Back

To those who take this “open” copyright and run with it, please come back and tell everyone how TBM’s reacted to whatever literature you got in front of them.  Also, let us know how you distributed material.  By mail?  Hand-delivered?  By pinning them to the bulletin board?  By printing out a bunch of copies and furtively leaving them in the meetinghouse foyer?  How?

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15 Comments

  1. Your site is what awakened me to the problems with the Church and with statists structures in general.
    If you are counting, then you can add at least one changed person in me.

    Thanks

  2. You must know that the inspired writings posted here have achieved much good already. Being able to read clear essays and comments allow many of us to organize our own divinely guided inspiration. This blog has and continues to serve as a spiritual refresher for many. The ripple effect comes out in so many ways. Some may not be as easy to detect but Truth is so powerful. Thank you to everyone here for following personal revelation. Remember that the ripple effect can lead to indescribable blessings in the lives of many if it all starts with pure intentions to help our brothers and sisters. Thanks again to Father for inspiring each of our minds and to LDS Anarchist and others who have been diligent in pushing forward with that inspiration. I agree that we can find ways to carry knowledge and light further and I will continue to share insight in the pure spirit of Christ with even more boldness too. I am excited to see and hear how God will end up guiding our efforts to apply correct principles and alert those of our brethren who are spiritually sleep walking. One love to all you guys and gals!

  3. I’ve been sympathetic to Anarchy for a long time, to the point where I was very torn up inside because I thought the Church officially endorsed statism. I simply didn’t know what to make of it. I haven’t read more than a handful of the articles on this blog, and while they haven’t put all my doubts to rest, I’m certainly a lot less worried now. As soon as I get the right equipment I plan to start a video-blog; not purely on Mormon Anarchy but more as an attempt to bridge the gap between religious and secular libertarianism. I believe philosophers such as Stefan Molyneux have deduced gospel principles almost from scratch, as it were, and if so we should be all the more confident that they are true.

  4. I have always thought that the inspiration we receive and are allowed to share with others should be free, no charge, gratis. That is one reason I have such a hard time with the leadership of the church and their apparent need to supplement their income with book after book. Why would God condone this practice which, to me, seems akin to getting a commission on the word of God?

    On a personal note, LDS Anarchy was kind enough to invite me to post here back in the fall of 2008. Through that experience, I was ‘taught’ how to manage a blog to the point where I launched my own. Therefore, much of what I have penned on my own traces its roots to the experience I here at LDS Anarchy. My thanks to LDSA for the part he played and plays in my spiritual journey.

    I also note with some irony that the ‘statist’ copyright can be used by an anarchist to further his message.

  5. What you describe as “open” copyright is very similar to tactics employed by the hacker ethic (e.g., free/libre open source software). Your statement above reads much like the GNU General Public License (which nullifies traditional concepts of copyright through the enforcement of copyright).

    The power of these cooperative agreements has brought us the GNU/Linux platform, which has enabled most of the innovation on the Internet for the last decade, and now powers everything from phones to TVs to servers & supercomputers.

    By way applying similar righteous license to copyrighted work, or even preferring the public domain, hacker culture by practicing the law of consecration has established itself as the most organized & sophisticated revolutionary force in existence.

    I prefer to call open source “consecrated software”.

  6. What if the LDS Anarchy blog were to play a part in the ushering in of these conditions?

    What conditions do you mean?

  7. Uh, I’ll explain those conditions in the next post I’m writing.

  8. I have posted some of your information about the “rubber-stamp-ization” of the sustaining vote procedure at the BCC blog.

    http://bycommonconsent.com/2010/05/20/those-in-favour-manifest-it-part-1

  9. Lol! Just make sure you don’t mention that I wrote it. They would probably ban you immediately if they knew it was my material on their web site. They don’t take too kindly to LDS Anarchist over there…

  10. I have posted some of your information about the alternate view of keys and the law of common consent at the Mormon Matters blog:

    http://mormonmatters.org/2010/06/03/patriarchal-hierarchy-kingship-model/

    As with above, I assume it best to not mention the source.

  11. I think it is safe to mention the source on that site. At least, I hope so, considering I just posted there…

  12. I enjoyed your comment there. I very humble way of describing the use of your material.

  13. Your material on the priesthood as a language went over better than I expected in my Elder’s Quorum meeting today.

    By better, however, that means my comments were just passed over as the group went on discussing the conventional view. I’m hoping the ideas did resonate with someone who just kept silent.

  14. I’m glad to hear that they did not pick up chairs to throw at you.

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