Tag: social justice

Sick Days, Vacation Days … Social Justice Days?

 

There’s a new trend in corporate benefits packages. Not satisfied with vacation days, sick days, and family and medical leave, many employers are now offering days off to protest the injustice of Trump’s America. From CNBC:

Technology start-up Polaroid Swing launched a policy on Tuesday allowing its employees to take paid time off work for political engagements such as protests or running for political office, co-founder Tommy Stadlen told CNBC.

Stadlen is British and started the company in San Francisco. He said that over half of the 12-strong team are immigrants and his decision to introduce the policy was driven in part by the increasingly anti-immigration rhetoric coming from countries such as the U.S. and U.K.

A Quick Little Sermon on Social Justice

 

37 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,

And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

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UK web blogger Carl Benjamin, better know as Sargon of Akkad, has initiated a web petition calling for the temporary suspension of Social Justice courses in American and UK universities until their content can be reviewed and purged of false material.  He has posted a series of videos on the topic, including responses to critics of […]

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This weekend I took a trip with Mr. Hank Rhody and other friends and family to the 18th annual Ice Cold Beer Fest in Minocqua, WI. It was my second visit, and despite the increase in participants this year it was still a good time, with this year’s strategy of sticking with a couple types […]

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I was recently talking with some people—all of them, I think, vaguely on the left except for me—and the topic of doing good over the holidays came up. “Social Justice” must have been the buzz phrase of the day, and I got confused. “What does ‘Social Justice’ mean?” I asked. Preview Open

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I’m sitting in my study, reading for school. I love my study with it’s bay window, high ceilings, and French doors. It’s the perfect place to shut out four-legged distractions and get some school work done. This evening, however, the charm of my study was diminished by the horrible thing I read in my textbook. […]

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I saw Mad Max: Fury Road over the weekend.  I’m not sure why Max was in the title.  It should have been called Mad Furiosa. Max was an afterthought.  Every single woman was good.  All but two men that had any screen time were either physically deformed/evil or most often both.  Even the two didn’t scrabble up to […]

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Social Injustice

 

Smith_medallion_portraitAccording to Adam Smith, “Little else is required to carry a state to the highest degree of affluence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice.” Our founding fathers wisely constituted a government designed to provide this modest foundation and little more. Wisely, because government – made up of fallible human beings – is not capable of providing more; and it will fail to provide what it can if it attempts to provide what it cannot.

We know, for example, what justice is: giving to each their due. A free market – that is people buying, selling, and exchanging their own goods and services without coercion and without interference – rewards people for what they produce and thus does a “tolerable” job of providing justice. If government restricts itself to acting against fraud and coercion, and otherwise stays out of the way, justice will be the happy – if only approximate – result.

By contrast, even the deepest thinkers cannot define “social justice” concretely enough to provide a workable procedure for attaining it. Proponents of social justice seek — at a minimum — to compensate the more unfortunate among us for the unfair burdens of chance. But only an omniscient and omnipotent being can hope to weigh each man’s troubles and determine just compensation. And only such a being can divine the penalties that are to be assessed on those more favored. In the end, attempts to implement “social justice” invariably result in injustice, because some are invariably given what is due others. And so we abandon what is possible in trying to achieve the impossible.

Philosopher: Loving Families Perpetuate Injustice

 

shutterstock_91954007Down in Australia, social justice thinking exists on a far more advanced plane than up here in the benighted, backwoods, bitter-clinging USA. Just to take one example, here are a couple of Aussie philosophers on Australian radio, bemoaning the fact that children raised in loving families receive unfair advantages in life – advantages that perpetuate social and economic inequality. Says one of the philosophers:

“The evidence shows that the difference between those who get bedtime stories and those who don’t—the difference in their life chances—is bigger than the difference between those who get elite private schooling and those that don’t.”

He continues:

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A couple of weeks ago, there was a story in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Medical-School Test Gets a Revamp”. No kidding! The first paragraph reads (sorry, no link, as this is behind the WSJ paywall): “The essay section is out and sociology is in, and test-takers will need to be as familiar with psychology […]

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