When hearing a number of liberal friends this week talking about “social justice,” it seemed they were trying to dress up their liberal political agenda in religious terms. They talked about the need to help the less fortunate, but seem convinced that only state programs could provide the necessary assistance.
Thinking about such things, I recalled that Dr. Helen had posted on the topic when reading F.A. Hayek’s book Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 2: The Mirage of Social Justice. Said blogmistress. . .
. . . never felt comfortable around academics who throw out the word “social justice” because it always seems restrictive and self-serving. Once I hear a group of social “scientists” employing the term, it generally means that are looking for reasons to favor some groups (almost always Democratic constituents), while excluding others.
So, she sees the left-wing ideal of social justice as a particular form of statism, asking whether “the current form of ‘social justice’ with its emphasis on government force for some special interest groups but not for others really justice?” She has a different notion of social justice. Just read the whole thing to find out what it is.