Liberals talk a great deal about social justice. To the political left, social justice means government being more involved to ensure equality of outcome, usually through redistribution of wealth and status.
The great political movements of the 18th and 19th centuries shifted governance away from kings and tyrants, giving common people more say in how they were governed. But with the advent of Marxism and its cousins communism, socialism and progressivism, Western civilization began voluntarily choosing less freedom in exchange for perceived safety.
How did it happen that so many of us no longer value freedom and instead want to replace it with increased government intrusion and regulation? The answer is envy — and “social justice” is a fancy term for “envy.” We are so jealous of those with more than us — even if they worked harder, took more risks and are smarter than us — that we would rather put ourselves in chains than allow others to have more.
Envy is deadly to individuals and society. With envy, we kill the goose that lays the golden eggs of prosperity and unwittingly destroy the fabric of our civilization.
Social justice is not justice at all. It is oppression with which we imprison ourselves because we are so jealous of others.
The writer was the Republican candidate for the District 8 Allegheny County Council seat in the Nov. 5 election.
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