On Social(ist) Justice: Justice Unemployed
In a court of justice, it is beneath any character to aim at victory and triumph: Truth, and truth alone is to be sought after.
—Samuel Adams, writing as ‘VINDEX’, Boston Gazette, 21 January 1771
Stacy McCain on Racism. ‘Social Justice’, and true Justice:
…Racism exists. No one denies this, but the question is whether the Permanent Crusade for Social Justice should have the power to define the meaning of our existence. For me, and perhaps for a lot of people my age, the Clarence Thomas hearings, the Rodney King case, the L.A. riots and the O.J. Simpson acquittal made me take a long, hard look at the nature of race relations in America. It seemed, by the mid-1990s, three decades after the triumph of the Civil Rights movement, that the fundamental reality had changed so much that the Sixties-era template — i.e., fighting racial injustice on behalf of innocent victims of oppression — was no longer applicable. There were several thoughtful books, by both liberals and conservatives, published in the 1990s about this new reality. Yet now it seems, in the Obama Age, we have forgotten what we learned in the 1990s, as if it never happened, and a myopic naivete (or perhaps a deliberate cynicism) has returned us to the phony “Victims of Society” bullshit that race hustlers like Al Sharpton have been peddling since the Tawana Brawley hoax.
MICHAEL BROWN WAS A VIOLENT CRIMINAL, and a grand jury determined that he was shot after he tried to overpower a police officer and take away the officer’s gun. For a case like that to inspire a “social justice” protest movement calls into question exactly what “social justice” means, and whether any citizen’s life would be safe if “social justice” prevails. When we understand that this is PARTISAN POLITICS — that Democrats are inciting racial hostility merely to win elections and enhance their own power — then everything takes on a new aspect. No one is in favor of genuine injustice, nor can any responsible citizen ignore the real effects of racism in American life, but it will not do to destroy constitutional liberty — the very basis of our society — for the sake of “social justice.”
This is a comment Stacy left on a post of his that is well-worth your time.
No one is in favor of genuine injustice…
The Left In America is. In it’s rejection of restraints on Action [‘by any means
necessary’], the Left discards any notion of Justice as an objective standard to be striven for in favor of what furthers the end sought [Heaven On Earth / Utopia].
For the Leftist, ‘Justice’ is an empty vessel waiting to be redefined at Whim.
…nor can any responsible citizen ignore the real effects of racism in American life….
Of course, the Left’s rejection of Morality and denial of the existence of Absolute Truths damns it to permanent irresponsibility, so Racism is for them nothing but a means, a tool, to be utilized to bring about their Evil end.
Freedom and Ordered Liberty cannot survive without a commonly shared and accepted Sense Of Justice.
Any nation that lacks this Sense is doomed to the relentless Misery that accompanies every Tyranny.