Thursday, March 11, 2010

Social Justice

Social justice – it’s here. Brought to you by the progressives. What is social justice?

Social justice is the movement towards a socially just world. In this context, social justice is based on the concepts of human rights and equality and involves a greater degree of economic egalitarianism through progressive taxation, income redistribution, or even property redistribution, policies aimed toward achieving that which developmental economists refer to as more equality of opportunity and equality of outcome than may currently exist in some societies or are available to some classes in a given society. (ty wikipedia).

Equality of outcome. Lovely. The world is not equal for everyone, and people do not all have the same abilities, an equal outcome is something that is a forced construct. The welfare state is a great example of income redistribution. It is taking from some and giving to some others.

Father Coughlin (lefty) was a big proponent of social justice. Part of his speech, from November 11, 1934 is as follows:

“Today the American people are the judge and jury who will support this Administration and accord it a sportman's chance to make good. It has already subscribed to the principle that human rights must take precedence over financial rights. It recognizes that these rights far outweigh in the scales of justice either political rights or so-called constitutional rights. It appears to be an Administration determined to read into the Constitution the definition of social justice which is already expressed within its very preamble.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president during this time, and his New Deal was progressive through and through.

Another bit of Father Coughlin’s speech “This has to do with a just and living annual wage for all citizens who care to earn their own livelihood.”

Who CARE to earn their own livelihood? He was predicting the welfare state as we know it, people who do NOT care to earn their own livelihood.

"If there is plenty for all in this country--plenty of fields of wheat and of cotton, plenty of factories, mechanics and scientists--the only reason why this plenitude of God's blessing is not shared by all is because our Government has not, as yet, faced the problem of distribution."

Another of Father Coughlin’s speeches, January 6th 1935:

"January fourth, 1935, brings to an end the economic principles of individualism hitherto taught, practically in every American university.
It is the date which marks the termination of certain of those principles taught by Adam Smith, by John Stuart Mill and Malthus. Such outworn and impractical economic phrases as "free competition, and "rugged individualism" and "laissez-faire" today are seeking a resting place in the limbo of archaic falsehoods."

FDR was president still. His speech contained these gems:

"Throughout the world, change is the order of the day. In every nation economic problems, long in the making, have brought crises of many kinds for which the masters of old practice and theory were unprepared. In most nations social justice, no longer a distant ideal', has become a definite goal, and ancient governments are beginning to heed the call."

"We find our population suffering from old inequalities, little changed by past sporadic remedies. In spite of our efforts and in spite of our talk, we have not weeded out the over-privileged and we have not effectively lifted up the underprivileged. Both of these manifestations of injustice leave retarded happiness."

Social justice is something that progressives love. Prohibition was brought about by Progressives, and all these laws that protect us from everything are brought about by Progressives. Progressives are not limited to Democrats, many of the Republicans today are Progressives. In the Democrat party, there are the blue dog Democrats, and the Progressive Democrats. Hilary Clinton proudly proclaimed herself a Progressive. There are Social Democrats, that are just plain Socialists. They started working in the Democratic party in the 1960s, and have just gotten stronger.

Starting in the early 1900s, the Progressive movement really took off. There were Progressive presidents, starting with Theodore Roosevelt, and continued on through Woodrow Wilson, FDR, and LBJ.


  1. Diane:
    Between YOU and Beck, I'm both learning THAT which I didn't know, and revisiting much that I DID...but had forgotten.
    (thank you both)

    I much more prefer something called:
    (little something I heard in a movie called The Punisher - 2004)
    Kinda like that "eye for an eye" thing.

    Very good post!

  2. Thanks for the update! Love visiting your blog!!

    Common Cents

  3. Bob - Natural Justice sounds way better than social justice. The Lawdog Files (linked to the right) has a post about dueling, which is really good - check out the discussion under comments. Listening to GB now, it's been the 1 year anniversary of the 912 project.

    Thanks for stopping by Steve - I try to rant at least once a week :P