Saturday, May 14, 2011

More social justice, please

There probably isn't a phrase that gets under my skin more than "social justice" does. It's wielder gives me an immediate impression of being pretentious, supercilious, accusatory, and self-promoting. And the future promises more of it than even the present does. It's frequency has been doubling every decade for the last three, and it's apex is in the future, not in the past:


The contemporary manifestation of "social justice" must have Thomas Aquinas spinning in his grave.

13 comments:

OneSTDV said...

Yea "social justice" is possibly the most annoying phrase out there.

read it said...

"Yea "social justice" is possibly the most annoying phrase out there."


Brave new social justice.

Jokah Macpherson said...

Looks like social justice is a sustainable movement.

The Reluctant Apostate said...

This was a depressing post.

agnostic said...

Someone needs to get to work co-opting the phrase for other ends, like how American liberals changed the meaning of that term from libertarianish to welfare statist.

Maybe the victims' rights movement -- social justice meaning getting tougher on criminals, society striking back, etc.

Ed Tom Kowalsky said...

The great genius of Leftism is creating shiny, happy shibboleths which cloak sinister policies, and making both the shibboleths and the policies socially unassailable. I mean, really! Who but a mean, bad person could possibly oppose social justice?

Stopped Clock said...

Or affirmative action?

Ed Tom Kowalsky said...

Or "diversity."

De facto, if one questions the merits of diversity one is a racist, correct? And racism is the very acme of evil, correct?

Via intense and comprehensive social pressure we are all then dragooned into celebrating diversity, or at the very least, keeping our mouths shut if we have reservations about this "fundamental transformation" of America and the West.

Brett Stevens said...

I'm in agreement with you regarding the term "social justice." It implies injustice, thus handily creates a need for those who use such terms. It's the postmodern equivalent of calling yourself a Witchfinder General.

Kelly said...

Remember the bumper sticker from the 80's, The Moral Majority is Neither?
Pretty much sums up Social Justice, too.

Audacious Epigone said...

Kelly,

Yeah, they were classy, huh?

Ed Tom Kowalsky said...

That's an excellent idea for a bumper sticker, Kelly (if you like bumper stickers). I'd put one on my car but I suspect some sensitive social justice savant would enact social justice by bashing out my windows and slashing my tires. I've experienced this phenomenon before; I live in a college town, don't you know.

Tup said...

I think you might be interested in some Ngrams I created that were inspired by this post. I found that social justice, Capitalism, and discriminatory all begin being used at around the same time (1880/1900).

link to post:
http://thethirdposition.blogspot.com/2011/10/fun-with-ngrams-part-2-social-justice.html