The Most Dangerous Threat

Modern Prophets Speak, Volume 1, No. 36, Benson

Ezra Taft Benson
Ezra Taft Benson

Excerpt from Ezra Taft Benson’s Book, “Title of Liberty,” Deseret Book, 1964,  p. 147-148.

Our abundant material blessings have come to us through an economic system which rests largely on three pillars: Free enterprise-the right to venture, to choose. Private property-the right to own. A market economy-the right to exchange. We must never make the catastrophic blunder of putting the chains of big government on our basic economic freedom. Yet there is that very danger today.

The pillars of our economic system are being threatened by a strange and unlikely coalition of subversives, do-gooders, and self-servers. There are, in this country, a hard core of subversives who hate the free-enterprise system and are dedicated to its overthrow. There is a host of do-gooders, who constantly criticize our free choice system, ready to solve all human problems with legislation, willing to impose their version of the millennium on you and me, unwilling to rely on the judgment of the individual. There are the self-servers, who view government as a way to gain an advantage, to restrain competition, or to obtain special favors.

But the most dangerous threat of all comes from the disinterested-that great group of otherwise intelligent people who shrug off any responsibility for public affairs.

Ezra Taft Benson served as thirteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and as Secretary of Agriculture for both terms of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidency.