Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Biggest Problem with Social Justice

...Is that it's so enthusiastically backed by people who seem entirely incapable of recognizing the possibility that they may do evil in its name.

"We're defending the downtrodden"? "We're defending those who have been unjustly persecuted"? Great talk. It's the same shit that was said by the Stalinists, the Maoists, the Nazis and just about every other monster to walk the earth.

"But we're different! They were evil - we're not!" Once again, great. They said the same thing about all their opponents too.

Of course, the cynic in me believes that at least the smarter SJWs know this, and simply don't care. This is just the latest viable path to power. If the path changes, so will their tone. Hell, so will their stated beliefs. The desire for power and control? That will generally be staying in place.


Codgitator (Cadgertator) said...

The denial of original sin is a key ingredient. If you believe that humans, once you apply the right social factors, humans are basically perfectible, then you will not only do 'whatever it takes' to achieve that perfection, but also will lack the restraining self-doubt that perhaps your own motives and means are radically corrupt. "The heart is wicked, who can understand it?"

Crude said...

On this, I disagree. Only because I think the problem has been misdiagnosed.

I do not think that these people believe that humans are perfectable in any real sense. Only that people can be frightened, cowed and controlled. That's not perfection, but it is convenient.