Social Justice. It sounds like something very good! How can any reasonable person not want something as noble sounding as “social justice“? We are social animals, and we all love justice, right?
“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? . . . Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten.” – George Owell, 1984
Social Justice is comprised of two Newspeak words that mean the opposite of what they actually mean. In practice, Social here means antisocial, and Justice means retribution.
When a Christian uses the word “social,” it means “interpersonal, relations within society. “Justice” means “fairness, impartiality, objectivity, lack of prejudice, and equality of application to any and all individuals.” In essence, “All men are created equal.”
When a court of human law uses “social,” it means “living in community, whether intentional or not; the whole of society.” “Justice” in law means the same principles as those listed for Christian Justice, with emphasis on “equity and impartiality, ‘without distinction or prejudice’.” In essence, “the same, without mitigation.”
In “social justice,” “social” means “collective groups of racial, sexual, religious, financially or geographically isolated, or political groups.” “Justice” means equality of results, redistribution, collective prejudice, disregard for the individual, and unearned reward.” In essence, “mutual outcome.”
To a Christian, that should suggest either “We’re all going to heaven,” or “nobody is going to heaven.” No distinction. No individual right or reward. Just groups.
Christians find “justice” as a translation of the Hebrew word, “tzedek.” Tzedek means righteousness (justice, to do right), as in Micah 6:8: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” In fact, the most closely related word to tzedek is tzedekah, or “charity.” That is the Christian view. Jesus is just. Jesus is our justice.
The origin of judicial “justice” is just that. “To do right.” Equality to all individuals; “impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments.” (Webster) Notice the word, “merited.” that word is insignificant to Social Justice.
Social justice calls for an “egalitarian society.” Egalitarian means “human equality especially with respect to social, political, and economic affairs of groups, without individual right or claims of merit or circumstance.”
And again, “social justice” is antisocial injustice. Newspeak. Make no mistake: there is no charity or individual right in social justice.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. So-called Social Justice is prejudicial, unfair, inequitable, destructive, and leads to bigotry, war, isolation, individual and collective losses, and the breakdown of society, reason, and justice. It robs society of ambition, reason, purpose, and righteousness and reward.
Orwell coined NewSpeak to reflect the will of the controlling Party. The “Party” chooses which antonym of a word to use. By choosing which words we can use, The Party chooses how to shift thought in a more positive or negative direction to suit their will and their needs. Is Social Justice the will of The Party? You decide.