The depraved idea of social justice 9

“Social justice” means injustice: it means money forcibly taken from those who have earned it and given to those who have not. It is the injustice of redistribution, the injustice of socialism.

It is the depraved idea on which the welfare state is founded.

It is a recipe for national impoverishment, discontent, degeneration, and the savagery that has been on display in England this week.

In City Journal that wisest of essayists, Theodore Dalrymple, writes about the rioters in England, confirming our own view of them:

The riots are the apotheosis of the welfare state and popular culture in their British form.

A population thinks (because it has often been told so by intellectuals and the political class) that it is entitled to a high standard of consumption, irrespective of its personal efforts; and therefore it regards the fact that it does not receive that high standard, by comparison with the rest of society, as a sign of injustice.

It believes itself deprived (because it has often been told so by intellectuals and the political class), even though each member of it has received an education costing $80,000, toward which neither he nor — quite likely — any member of his family has made much of a contribution; indeed, he may well have lived his entire life at others’ expense, such that every mouthful of food he has ever eaten, every shirt he has ever worn, every television he has ever watched, has been provided by others. Even if he were to recognize this, he would not be grateful, for dependency does not promote gratitude. On the contrary, he would simply feel that the subventions were not sufficient to allow him to live as he would have liked.

At the same time, his expensive education will have equipped him for nothing. His labor, even supposing that he were inclined to work, would not be worth its cost to any employer — partly because of the social charges necessary to keep others such as he in a state of permanent idleness, and partly because of his own characteristics. And so unskilled labor is performed in England by foreigners, while an indigenous class of permanently unemployed is subsidized.

The culture of the person in this situation is not such as to elevate his behavior. One in which the late Amy Winehouse — the vulgar, semicriminal drug addict and alcoholic singer of songs whose lyrics effectively celebrated the most degenerate kind of life imaginable — could be raised to the status of heroine is not one that is likely to protect against bad behavior.

Finally, long experience of impunity has taught the rioters that they have nothing to fear from the law, which in England has become almost comically lax — except, that is, for the victims of crime. For the rioters, crime has become the default setting of their behavior; the surprising thing about the riots is not that they have occurred, but that they did not occur sooner and did not become chronic.

Posted under Britain, Commentary, Law, Socialism, United Kingdom by Jillian Becker on Friday, August 12, 2011

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  • George

    In reply to — TheTrueMandrew ———————-

     It’s like this Andrew , while blacks can indeed blame Arab-Muslims and European Christians  for the original conquest and vanquishing of continental Africa ages ago , today it is the black totalitarian nations within continental Africa that are detrimental to the indigenous people there.  African nations are overwhelmingly run by ruthless dictators, tyrants and corrupt regiemes. Considering that I am black and a long time student of history , I care nothing for political correctness and nor do I have any axe to grind with anyone. 
                        Africa is NOW  self destructive just like the inner city ghettos in America.  I was  insulted more by racially bigoted blacks for dating my former girlfriend ( a white woman ) moreso than by any white racist . 
                     The Catholic missionaries went into Africa and told the indoctrinated  indigenous people there not to use condoms and as such, the HIV/AIDS  rate and the out of control birth rate population sprouted explosively even in tremendous poverty.  The people for many centuries have been brainwashed and their original culture stolen and history censored. Africa currently is in shambles and has been sent back to the stone age  (LITERALLY).   It wasn’t always this way. Many ages ago , Africa indeed had great civilizations and sciences but they are now all gone .  The Catholic missionaries ( and now the protestant missionaries as well  ) have been in a battle along with the Muslims for control of the continent along with many indigenous beliefs.
                  Internal conflicts/murders, slaughters , misery, poverty, rapes, starvation, diseases and much more are the order of the day. Then we have stupid black people here in America who use hyphenated names like African-American (which I consider to be divisive ) as if they have such great allegiance to Africa or care so much about Africa but did NOTHING when the slaughter in Rhwanda occurred.  Spare me.  They did nothing about the dictator Idi Amin.  They did nothing about apartheid in south Africa but whine about it perpetually. 
                      Liberals in America were going around pretending they cared about the apartheid problem in South Africa when many of their elite had investments and ownership in gold and diamond mines in south Africa. While they were pretending they cared with their mouths , and bumper stickers , behind the scenes THEY were the ones exacerbating the problem. Many of the statistics regarding AIDS in Africa have been proven to be false . Many of the African tyrannical regiemes have been classifying ALL deaths such as malaria, typhoid fever, starvation, and others as AIDS because that’s where the sympathy and tremendous money funding was at.  It’s sad to say that many of my gullible people are not aware of this.
                          Many of my ethnic brethren here in America won’t even send a penny to Africa to help the problem or after they retire NEVER volunteer to go over there and roll their shirt-sleeves up and get busy working to improve the situation , but they always have their chest stuck out boasting about how they are such AFRICAN-Americans.  I have donated money to Africa and one of my college classmates was a student from Africa and told me things I was totally unaware of . His skin color was literally BLACK ( I’m talking about the color of tar ,   literally ).
                         There is much misinformation on both sides of the fense . We also have a lot of revisionist history being that has been  traditionally taught in academia for the past couple of centuries  and also indoctrinated false history promoted here in our society  for the sake of intentional deception. I had to research a multitude of sources, speak with the indigenous people themsleves and report on information derived from saved ancient and indigenous archives.  There are many people out here pushing deceitful propaganda because they have a dubious agenda. 
                             Africa right now would be on par with other societies if black people here in America with education and wealth would have used their knowledge , skills, and monetary resources to improve the conditions there instead of paying freakin’  lip-service to the problem.   It’s so easy to point fingers at everyone else.  I have often spoken out on this situation and I have been called every vicious foul name in the book and then some in order to silence me ( the informative messenger) in order to silence the message.
                           I can tell you horror stories of what I have endured and people wonder why I speak as I do.  I can also find much fault with atheists as well ( but atheists don’t like to hear this ). In their minds , according to them it’s RELIGION= BAD and ATHEISM= GOOD  automatically always ( no exception ).  There are  SOME  good teachings in various  religions and I know some atheists who are some of the most arrogant, ignorant and anti-social beings imaginable.   I have personal friends who are Christians, Jews, Muslims, Scientologists, Unitarian Universalists, Wiccans , etc. and I consider them my dear friends  even though we do not agree in regards to our beliefs , yet I would protect all of them if necessary  by  risking my life if necessary.  By the same token I know some  atheists that I want absolutely nothing to do with because they are such flaming ignorant  a**holes. Now having said this Andrew, I guarantee you won’t see any [ I like this ] checks after this commantary. The truth hurts !   It’s sad but indeed true.  

    • George

      Andrew,  pardon the typos–I was rushing as usual.  I’m going to dig into my files and present further info later. Take care. 

      • Anonymous

        Very informative and to the point, George.

        I might as well point out that one of those African scientists was an evil man named Yakub who committed the unforgivable crime of inventing… wait for it… white people. Then, like the evil white people they were, they colonized and trashed and enslaved the noble blacks to the point of despair and decay.

        Some of those slaves came state-side, where they were forcibly employed to pick cotton and have more slave babies. Again, those darn evil white people didn’t give them any rights whatsoever, but at least they were nice enough to let them count as three-fifths of a person. A big statement for evil white sub-persons to make of the noble blacks.

        This may just be Farrakhan’s personal liberation ideology, but the resentment and longing goes all the way back to Marcus Garvey’s secessionist army to the hope-and-change community organizing by our current president, Barack Obama. Oh wait, I’m not allowed to say that, am I? That would make me an angry racist white person for daring to steal away Obama’s black power.

        Where are the heroes? The George Washington Carvers, the Frederick Douglasses? The Bob Marleys and the Jimi Hendrixes and the Dred Scotts? Why aren’t there more Neil deGrasse Tysons or Allen Wests or Herman Cains standing up to be proud Americans? Or the Georges, for that matter? These are true heroes of humanity who just happened to be born with lots of melanin in their skin.

        Instead we have race-baiter Al Sharpton, race-baiter Cornel West, the contemptible Marxist and Obama lackey Van Jones, and the whole slew of athletes who are apparently supposed to embody the qualities of true role models but instead cheat on their amazingly attractive Swedish model wives for eighteen separate other women at at time.

        This is Obama’s America – he’s using his black half and his white half to instigate distrust between these two extremely similar groups of Americans by exacerbating their meaningless differences. We have to get this man out of office by 2012 – preferably sooner.

        Has he done anything worthy of impeachment besides his questionable citizenship which you aren’t allowed to question anyway? I wouldn’t be surprised.

        (For the record, my own evil white ancestors were not implicated in the despicable treatment of those forcibly important bl– excuse me, humans. My ancestors were Italian shoeshiners.)

        • George

          This is what we have to deal with in this politically correct charged society. When you say things that may be considered racially sensitive no matter how true , you will be labeled a racist or bigot and I will be labeled an Uncle Tom , race traitor, flunkie for the white man or sellout. 
                         You see Andrew, the people who put out this propaganda don’t even believe this themselves but they have to say this in order to further their agenda. To them , the ends justifies the means and anything goes as long as it achieves their desired goal. I remember when I had to sit on the back of the bus, eat at separate lunch counters, go to segregated schools in the 1950’s and 1960’s and even watch the KKK parade down the streets. Where is Al Sharpton , Jessie Jackson and their ilk to speak out against groups like the new black panthers ,  Rev. Jeremiah Wright  and various others ?
                          The same people who rioted when Rodney King was beaten by four white cops  were totally silent when four black punk thugs beat Reginald Denny nearly to death. What’s wrong with this picture.  Do I detect a double-standard here.   The mainstream media , the government,  houses of worship  and institutions of learning have  been manipulating the thinking and behavior of the people.    The problem as usual is that people are NOT taught how to think or even to think at all, but rather to simply listen and obey without question–mindlessly.  The societies have become just like the “Borg” aliens on the Star Trek TV series ——-all of one mind but different individuals.

  • Anonymous

    (Andrew M has a shiny new Disqus account!)

    Even though we are fortunate enough to live in the greatest country to occupy Earth, the desire for government giveaways still clamors loudly in the hearts and minds of my peers. When combined with the blinders of a brown-nosed media and the education-indoctrination of late 90’s and 00’s schooling policies, toxic compounds do surely form.

    Just the other day, one of my (female) friends posted a CNN article on the social network service, with her lauding the HHS’s decision to expand their “free” birth control services. Birth control is great and one of the reasons why America doesn’t have as many unwed teenage mothers as Britain, but “free” anything from the government is comparatively less great. Needless to say, my somber warning about the true cost of this government-provided birth control (namely, her future freedom) went ignored.

    Ignorance truly is bliss until it burns you in the behind. I’ll be in an unreported location by then, listening as I am now to “London’s Burning” by The Clash.

    • George

      Hi Andrew.    Speaking on the subject of birth control , the situations in China and Africa are horrendous.   Now Europe is perpetually moving more and more increasingly into the ultra-socialist “arena”.  You’re right on target with that one . 

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for your reply, George. That comment implied that the birth control was, of course, voluntary and contraceptive as opposed to any sort of abortion.

        From what I understand about Africa, the population there is exploding, and the Christian pedagogy which darkens the continent shuns the use of condoms as “immoral” – the proximal cause of continued increasing HIV infections. Could you tell me how the situation is otherwise? I would be delighted and surprised to hear.

        • George

          Andrew, I must admit that there  are indeed some good in some religions , however  the overall fact still remains as far as I am concerned , that  religion is mythology, superstition and make believe.  Have you noticed how the religious community are always trying to associate atheism with socialism or communism as if the two go hand in hand ?  In their minds , they perceive atheists to be like those of the former USSR ( of which not all were atheists , only a specified group ). One does NOT need a belief in some supernatural being in order to thrive in the world  ( which we atheists prove every day ) . All one needs is a positive and rational philosophical outlook on life , and a sensible, logical, rational, respectful mindset and attitude . As one bumper sticker I saw read—- [ Religion is myth-information ].  More horror, death, destruction, and oppression have been perpetrated by  religion than by  any other means. You cannot rationalize with the irrational. Socialism and communism have absolutely nothing to do with atheism. We can associate attrocious behavior with practically every group on earth. Religion shackles rational thinking and causes people to commit ruthless  acts and it also  hinders people from doing the necessary things that respect other people’s way of life and thinking.

  • George

    Wherever socialism raises it’s uigly head , it has always been a dismal failure.  SOCIALISM or [ communism lite ] aka The National Welfare  State is becoming more and more the  “norm” in social circles globally because more and more of academia coupled with the leftist mass media  have indoctrinated societies  globally with the entitlement mentality , whereby people become comfortable being massive wards of the state. The chaotic aftermath that follows is simply a product of a system that has made BIG GOVERNMENT the substitute parent and/or spouse. The socialist mentality and system is actually REGRESSIVE and certainly not PROGRESSIVE.