Speaking of Mormons, Slate‘s Joshua Levin is arguing that it’s the Mormons, most likely, who will go on to preserve America’s traditions, values, and language after her inevitable collapse.
Actually, this sounds right on. While you’d think that evangelicals would be obvious pick, we are actually a pretty fractured group with lots of varied opinions. Mormons tend to be a little more homogenous of a group. I could see their leadership surviving any fracturing of America, maybe even issuing a sort of “Law of Return” much like Israel’s. Can you imagine? Any Mormon could have free entry and residence in the future country of Deseret/Utah. The exile/return paradigm offers a lot of promise for this kind of thing.
But moreover, since Mormons believe that the U.S. Constitution is a divinely inspired document, they have a theological, not merely cultural, incentive to preserve it in one form or another.
There is no more American institution than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.