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Social justice must be personal

By Mikey Turner
On October 2, 2011

Saint Clement Catholic Church showed me what true social justice is. In a recent homily, the priest spoke about a group of people pooling together their resources in order to pay for rent and food. He called it "a beautiful image." His homily emphasized the difference between the Catholic Church's and the state's definitions of social justice.

The system the priest talked about reminds me of the Apostles, who lived, worked and shared resources with one another. Their acts of social justice were carried out on a personal level. No one was forcing anyone to be generous.

Now contrast the priest's definition with that of "social justice" preached about on campus. This "social justice" is commanded by a top-down government, which redistributes the wealth from the rich to the poor through taxes. There is no individual choice, generosity or heart involved in this. It is simply mandatory.

When we remove generosity from social justice, we lose personal elements of accountability, personal responsibility. How are we supposed to hold the recipients of our tax dollars responsible for what they do with it? Instead of paying rent people could be buying potato chips and cocaine, and we'd have no way of knowing. Taking accountability out of the mix leads to corruption. Corruption leads to a futile system.

This inefficient redistribution of wealth in the name of social justice is preached in the classroom, in the media, from politicians and even from the Socialists handing out propaganda on the sidewalk near the Student Center, all of who turned down an interview with me. This social justice rhetoric sets out to demonize those who work hard for their money and incites class warfare that indoctrinates people into believing the rich need to pay more in taxes. How many times should the "rich" be forced to pay another two percent in taxes? Is 50 percent not enough?

The priest's "beautiful image" of people helping each other out of the goodness of their hearts is simply a more effective method for achieving actual social justice. The desire to help our neighbors, while also holding them accountable for their actions, is what real social justice is about.

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