I need some responses from any of you out there who think that we need, through force of law, to seek greater social or economic justice. I talk with a lot of liberals who see this as a major priority but very few who can verbalize precisely what that means. Some of those I know are fine with a socialist society, others say there’s no relation between socialism and social justice. Some are highly offended by our capitalist society, while others say that we can seek greater social justice within our current system but offer no means of doing so except through the repression of the free market and free choice (which sounds to me like being offended by our capitalist system, just without saying so).
The one consistently unanswered question, though, from all those who say that social justice and socialism have nothing in common is: what is the general outline for the new economic system on which this newly just society would be based?
I come from a background where we all help each other and when someone is in need, we work together to help enable them to provide for themselves unless they’re completely incapable of doing so. I was raised by parents who often provided opportunities for those in need to work and support their families through their own labors, never forced to feel inferior or incapable.
Those seeking “social justice” tend to talk about our responsibility to help others, all the while demanding someone else pay for it, thereby violating their right to their private property and fruits of their own labors. That just doesn’t make any sense to me.
I also have frequently heard the argument of late that communities coming together to provide infrastructure and public safety mechanisms through the taxation of its members is a form of socialisms and thus, no different than income redistribution. Let’s just discredit that argument from the start – government was formed by the people in order to create an avenue for doing those things they weren’t able to do individually such as infrastructure development, public safety, national defense, etc.
Subverting the rights of certain groups in order to reward other groups was never the purpose for which this country was formed and in fact violates the most basic principles of a free society. If the wealthy were seizing the private property of the poor, it would be unjust; why is the reverse not true?
Let’s have a discussion. Rather than knee-jerk reactions to what we view as problems in society, let’s think the problems and the solutions through to where they ultimately lead us. What does this economic structure look like? If we plan on “fundamentally transforming” the most free, opportunity-granting country in the history of the world, we ought to at least understand what the end will be.