Two conflicting economic goals involving “equality” are often confused. One is of equal outcome (which I will discuss today) and the other is equal opportunity.
The vague ideas upon which “Social Justice” are constructed all involve, in one form or another, the goal of equal outcome. The dreams of such “justice” envision a world that functions much like a global commune in which the outcome for every inhabitant’s effort is the same in terms of resources. In this global commune, rich and poor would be blights of the past.
But entertaining such visions is just one of the luxuries enjoyed by affluent societies. Prosperity allows the affluent to dream of their Utopia without having to actually engage the harsh realities of man’s existence such as the true condition of man himself. But the harshest reality is the means by which a diverse group of people, with diverse ideas of happiness, goals, strengths and weaknesses must be oppressed to effect equal outcome. It necessarily requires the loss of freedom, and of the concept of private property; two things which the advocates for social justice unfortunately take for granted. It also requires a heavy handed and totalitarian government in order to ensure and enforce the “fair” allocation of resources; a government, by the way, which historically has always exempted itself.
In reality the equitable distribution of resources is not much more than a feel-good idea that is a source of meaning and purpose for those who advocate for it. Bright people sit in their comfy homes and faculty lounges discussing it as an abstract thing that will not touch them. But the reality of it is by no means abstract, for history is replete with ruinous and nightmarish examples of real attempts of “social justice”.