“Social justice is a term that is used euphemistically to describe both a philosophical debate and an important issue in politics, religion and civil society. Most individuals wish to live in a just society, but each political ideology has its own concept of what constitutes a “just society”. The term “social justice” is often employed as a euphemism by the political left to describe a society with a greater degree of economic egalitarianism, which may be achieved through progressive taxation, income redistribution, or even property redistribution, policies aimed toward achieving that which developmental economists refer to as equality of opportunity and equality of outcome.
Social justice features as a apolitical philosophical concept (insofar as any philosophical analysis of politics can be free from bias) in much of John Rawls’ writing. It is a part of Catholic social teaching and is one of the Four Pillars of the Green Party upheld by the worldwide green parties. Some of the tenets of social justice have been adopted by those who lie on the left or center-left of the political spectrum (e.g. socialists, social democrats, etc). Social justice is also a concept that some use to describe the movement towards a socially just world. In this context, social justice is based on the concepts of human rights and equality.”
I’ve learned that whenever I hear a word on the news I think sounds like one thing to look it up and make sure it is or isn’t what it sounds like. When I hear the phrase ‘Social Justice’ I think it’s the administration and enforcement of laws by the community as a whole. Perhaps the most fitting definition is the one used most – basically economic egalitarianism, which is:
“Egalitarianism (derived from the French word égal, meaning “equal”) has two distinct definitions in modern English . It is defined either as a political doctrine that holds that all people should be treated as equals and have the same political, economic, social, and civil rights, or as a social philosophy advocating the removal of economic inequalities among people. Throughout history, people have been divided into an upper class and a working class (in Ancient Rome, the respective terms were patricians and plebeians); the rise of a third estate or middle class led philosophers to question the assumption that class divisions were natural and necessary. Egalitarianism asserts that all people are of equal value and should be treated the same irrespective of their birth.”
Now I don’t know much about one thing or another, it sounds really good that we’re all equal, but does that mean that everybody who has three cars has to give two of them up so those that have none can have one? Are you really certain that when you hear of social justice it means what you think it means? Are you for giving up what you’ve worked for so another who has not worked can get it for free? Now will you look before you leap?