Social Justice

Social Justice


“Social Justice” is a code phrase of the left, which believes that true justice can only be achieved by the recognition that capitalism and the economic inequality it produces must be replaced by a “classless” society wherein all differences in wealth and property have been eliminated. The “Social Justice Movement” — quotation marks are necessary because its version of “justice” is political rather than lexical — endorses socialism and economic redistribution as a means of redressing the alleged evils of capitalism and producing a programmatic equality that it acknowledges will be purchased at the price of individual liberty and require the manufacture of what totalitarian governments have called “the New Man.” The Movement is quintessentially deterministic, believing as a core principle that people are what they are because they were born into an inflexible social order.

The United Nations‘ International Forum for Social Development articulates the left’s view of social justice quite clearly in the following statements:

  • “Social justice may be broadly understood as the fair and compassionate distribution of the fruits of economic growth.”
  • “Social justice is not possible without strong and coherent redistributive policies conceived and implemented by public agencies.”

The “Social Justice Movement” is at war with classical liberalism, which defines equality as the equality of all individuals before the law, irrespective of “class” or any other collective identity. In modern terms, the conflict between these two worldviews is similar to the conflict between “equality of opportunity” and “equality of outcome,” which can only be guaranteed and enforced by some structure of authority.

Additional Resources:

Social Justice: Code for Communism
By Barry Loberfeld
February 27, 2004

Social Justice: Not What You Think It Is
By Michael Novak
December 29, 2009

Affirmative Action, Negative Justice
By Barry Loberfeld
September 22, 2003

Know Your Social Justice Warriors
By Daniel Greenfield
April 21, 2015

What Is Social Justice?
By Samuel Gregg
April 1, 2013

Social Justice Theory: A Solution in Search of a Problem
By David Rose
April 1, 2013

Defining Social Justice
By Michael Novak
December 2000

The Mysticism of “Social Justice”
By Thomas Sowell
June 27, 2012

Social Justice Is the State
By Eric Mack
April 1, 2013


Social Justice Fallacies
Thomas Sowell


What Is Social Justice?
By Jonah Goldberg

Social Justice
By Dennis Prager

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