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A Political Glossary: Part III

MadisonLives Wrote: Jun 28, 2012 11:52 PM
This is precisely why we have to force progressives to fight about priorities instead of promises. The first step to both social justice and limited government is agreeing about how much to spend so we can fight about how well to spend. If agreement forces gov to shrink on avg as a percentage of our economy then everyone wins except the greedy.

Editor's Note: This is Part III in a series. Part I can be found here. Part II can be found here.

If there were a Hall of Fame for political rhetoric, the phrase "social justice" would deserve a prominent place there. It has the prime virtue of political catchwords: It means many different things to many different people.

In other words, if you are a politician, you can get lots of people, with different concrete ideas, to agree with you when you come out boldly for the vague generality of "social justice."

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said that a good...