To many of my millennial peers, social justice is not an issue on the political spectrum. I have been told by other ‘conservatives’ that social justice means supporting common decency, and has nothing to do with politics. They are wrong.
Too many people today forget that the ideologies conservatism and liberalism are not simply a set of policy preferences, but the result of a set morals and values that guide not only how you vote, but how you act throughout your life.
The main difference between these two philosophies is how you view society. A conservative supports individualism, as defined by oxforddictionaries.com as “The habit or principle of being independent and self-reliant,” and “A social theory favoring freedom of action for individuals over collective or state control; encouragement has been given to individualism, free enterprise, and the pursuit of profit.”
A liberal views society through the lens of collectivism, defined by oxforddictionaries.com as “The practice or principle of giving a group priority over each individual in it,” and “The ownership of land and the means of production by the people or the state, as a political principle or system.”
These opposite views of society develop to form their respective ideologies and the policy preferences along with them. For example, liberals believe in progressive taxes as a kind of charity for helping your fellow man. Conservative individuals may or may not believe they should donate money to their fellow man, but a liberal wouldn’t give you the choice. They prefer to take unearned money from ‘greedy rich people’ by force, instead of letting them give voluntarily, if they choose.
If the ‘greedy rich person’ doesn’t freely give to charity, they may have a number of reasons why. The first being, what the hell do I owe any of these people? I worked for this money. I earned this money and they didn’t. What claim do they have to my money? I would prefer to take care of the people I love and have the choice to do with my money what I want, instead of being threatened with imprisonment if I don’t pay my taxes.
A liberal might think that’s biased writing, but its not. Sugarcoat what you’re doing as much as you want, and it still doesn’t change the fact that taxation is theft.
Now that we understand the difference between individualism and collectivism, you’ll find that when dissecting the premises of social justice, the foundation is based on a collectivist view of society which is fundamentally incompatible with conservatism.
To begin, we must first understand what is the goal of these “social justice warriors.” Examining the term Social Justice, defined as “Justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society,” is a good place to start.
While the phrase may seem new, the idea of ridding the world of inequalities has really been around for centuries, but called a different name: communism.
In this article, I won’t go into why liberalism is amoral, but we can clearly see that what may be disguised as a way to end prejudice, is really just another hidden leftist agenda.
Let’s take #BlackLivesMatter for instance. An individualist, who sees all people as special and uniquely different, would believe that yes there are some bad officers, but they represent themselves and not the whole. A collectivist views the officer as a representation of all policemen, and one bad instance suddenly demonizes the whole.
I have seen police officers that spent their entire lives helping their communities suddenly attacked and ridiculed not for their own behavior, but for the behavior of some officer in an entirely different state. I would encourage you to read my 5-part series examining #blacklivesmatter to understand my argument further.
Here’s another example: income inequality. Liberals who fight for income equality, are putting the interests of the ‘community’ over the interests of the individual and their family. Therefore, they advocate for progressive taxation to ‘balance’ the inequality. Well, guess what, equal is unfair; put that on a bumper sticker.
The entire basis for collectivism, is ignoring what people can control (their behavior, how much they work, their actions) and instead judging people on things they can’t control (the color of their skin, their sexual preferences, where they were born).
If you don’t already see the blatant hypocrisy, then let me ask you this: Why are the people who are supposedly trying to end bigotry, stereotyping and categorizing people?
Let me make this clear: your race doesn’t matter. Your sexual preferences don’t matter. How you act is the ONLY thing that matters. If you agree with me, then you aren’t a collectivist and a liberal, you are an individualist and a conservative.