Confidence in Aggregate Wisdom of People “If” Informed


Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, J. Reuben Clark Jr.

I have a complete confidence in the aggregate wisdom of the American people if they are given and made to understand the facts. The wisdom of the mass is always greater than the wisdom of the individual or of the group. The few may be more subtle, more agile-minded, more resourceful; they may for a time push to the front and scamper ahead in the march; they may on occasion and for a time entice us down the wrong highway at the crossroads. But the great slow-moving, deliberate- thinking mass plods along over the years down the Divinely appointed way. Led astray, they slowly, cumberously swing back to the right road, no matter what the toil or the sacrifice may be, and when they start the return, they crush whatever lies in their path. So has humanity come up through the ages. So have free peoples climbed to the loftiest heights of liberty. Thus has truth and progress prevailed. So they will prevail, for God is a God of Truth, and God is at the helm.

Source: J. Reuben Clark Jr. 7 October 1943, as quoted in Prophets, Principles and National Survival by Jerreld L. Newquist, Publishers Press, Salt Lake City, UT, 1964, Chapter 8.

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