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Friday, June 26, 2015

Social Justice is an oxymoron.


    A common cause of the Religious Left is something that they call "social justice". According to the Christians of the Religious Left, social justice is a part of the Gospel message.  I disagree with that claim.

     To understand why I disagree with the Religious Left, one merely has to read the commentary The Injustice of Social Justice written by Templeton Fellow Ben O'Neill. Here is what O'Neill has to say about the promoters of social justice.

For such people, the notion of "rights" is a mere term of entitlement, indicative of a claim for any possible desirable good, no matter how important or trivial, abstract or tangible, recent or ancient. It is merely an assertion of desire, and a declaration of intention to use the language of rights to acquire said desire.

In fact, since the program of social justice inevitably involves claims for government provision of goods, paid for through the efforts of others, the term actually refers to an intention to use force to acquire one's desires. Not to earn desirable goods by rational thought and action, production and voluntary exchange, but to go in there and forcibly take goods from those who can supply them!
     Nowhere does the New Testament promote the idea of making the government take away one person's goods and giving them to another person. What the New Testament promotes is the voluntary donation of one's goods in order to aid people trapped in poverty. 

     The irony about the Religious Left's demand for "social justice" is that it can result in keeping people trapped in poverty. Forcibly taking goods from those who can supply them results in the loss of economic freedom, which is necessary for people to rise out of poverty.

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