Profits of a Prophet : Toward Joseph Smith's Political Economy
New Perspectives in Mormon Studies : Creating and crossing boundaries
University of Oklahoma Press
Like Moses, Muhammad, and prophets in all ages of the world, Joseph Smith spoke often about economic justice, including the plight of the oppressed, helpless, and imprisoned. Numerous scholars have commented at length about the failures of Joseph Smith's personal economies, including the failed Kirtland Safety Society and other economic hardships suffered by the early Latter-day Saints. Collectively, these works attend primarily to economic practice rather than economic ideas or rhetoric.
[This] chapter examines Joseph Smith's writings on economic matters and argues that he sought to make social distinctions irrelevant.