MORMONISM AND ANARCHISM: CONVERGENCE AND DIVERGENCE The consistent application of the principles expounded in Mormon scripture should lead a person to sympathize with anarchism. Both ideologies look forward to the abolition of government and the building of a socialist society based on free association and cooperation. Attempting to argue such a case seems perplexing, given the generally pro-capitalist, pro-government, pro-war stance of many American Mormons. Such attitudes exist despite resources within Mormon scripture advocating the contrary, and sadly lead to Mormon support for militarism, imperialism, and economic and other kinds of exploitation. It is important that Latter-day Saints do not see the establishment of capitalism as the end of history, but rather actively strive to establish a society and economic system in accordance with the principles contained in their own sacred writings.
JASON MINTON BROWN, WILLIAM VAN WAGENEN, and TYLER BUSHMAN