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A Political Glossary: Part III

retchemprof Wrote: Jun 28, 2012 8:34 AM
A Connecticut city has just turned over administration of one of its high schools to CEA/NEA, i.e., the teachers’ union, and a curriculum overhaul is under way. Part of the new “theme” of the school will be “Social Justice”.
MadisonLives Wrote: Jun 28, 2012 8:43 AM
It's time for conservatives/libertarians to take back ownership of "social justice". Social justice is the pursuit of other people's happiness. The only way you can make other people happy is by offering them opportunity. There are 3 ways to do it: 1) Capitalism (requires govt) 2) Private charity (requires capitalism, which requires govt) and 3) Direct assistance from the government. So we are ALL for social justice, we just disagree how. BUT! In a society where everyone votes, #3 is inevitable. So we must cap and prioritize spending so spending ideas have to compete and only best ideas win (the ones that deliver results). We must sell "Cap and Prioritize" to the right and left. It's the answer.
Chris from Kalifornia Wrote: Jun 28, 2012 10:03 AM
Your first premiss is wrong, dooming your second and third automatically. Capitalism does NOT require government. True capitalism is private business doing it's own thing. Any government actions controlling businesses for whatever reason is not capitalism. It is socialism. Some socialism is good, prevents monopolies but it is way to easy to slip into what we have now which is far, far away from real capitalism.

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...