The Face of Social Justice

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Social justice has become the raison d’etre for many on the Left, a not-so covert reason behind its push toward socialism under a façade of caring for the poor and minority groups.  This weekend provided a glimpse behind the curtain of what some Leftists mean by social justice and what actions are mere contrivances in the long-game of attaining their brand of authoritarian socialism.

Fidel Castro had a well-documented history of systemic oppression and exploitation of the Cuban people, including mass-murder, torture, apartheid-style racism, putting homosexuals into forced labor camps, and a militaristic denial of fundamental liberties such as freedom of speech, press, or association.

Despite this, many on the Left have chosen to remember him as a social justice warrior, not a brutal dictator.  The Secretary-General of the UN said Castro “will be remembered for… advances in the fields of education, literacy and health” and that he was a “strong voice for social justice.”  It would be easy to dismiss the UN statement as an outlier and fully consistent with their history of anti-Semitism and support of Totalitarian regimes.  However, the UN view seems to be the norm, rather than the exception, in the Machiavellian absolving of the Castro regime.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised Castro’s “love for the Cuban people” and his work on education and healthcare, while British Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn also lauded Castro for a “world class health and education system” and called him a “champion of social justice.”  Even President Obama did not condemn Castro’s reign of terror, only stating that history will judge him, while Democrat Congresswoman Brenda Lee said that Castro’s rule “led to social improvements for his people.”

To many on the Left, being a murderous dictator is an insignificant detail if you provide your people with ostensibly good, government-run healthcare.  Ideology always trumps morality for Democrats and any collateral damage on the way to realizing this ideology will be minimized, rationalized, or ignored.  Individual rights are roadblocks to social justice warriors, which is why the Left routinely tramples on the liberty of others when pushing its vision of “equality.”  If a greater cause (or justice, if you will) is being achieved, they will not hesitate to callously deny others their fundamental rights and then celebrate the loss of liberty as victory.

A big reason why the Left is so distraught over Trump is that they rely heavily on government coercion to force their worldview on the public and that route has largely been slowed for now.  Though they do still have a vast number of rogue judges willing to rubber-stamp virtually anything on their agenda, now they won’t have as many administrative orders or “Dear Colleague” letters to support their cause.  Advancing a vision of social justice that encroaches on the rights and liberties of the people does not work without a complicit and heavy-handed government.  The fear and anxiety of Trump by many on the Left is not what Trump will actually do to them, rather it is a realization that their perfect storm – executive orders and activist judges – has ended in part, and their efforts to remake policy and culture in their desired image have stalled and it may be difficult to recreate.

The American leftist ideology that honors a despotic tyrant and labels him a champion of social justice favors elevating the rights of certain groups at the expense of others.  Though America is not Cuba and is not, as of yet, in danger of dictatorial control, the principles of socialism lay the foundation for tyrannical rule.  This is precisely why the numerous Castro apologetics provide an important but alarming insight into what the Left means by “social justice” and what that could entail for the rights and liberties of everyone else.  Maybe America won’t go down the way of Cuba, descending into totalitarianism, but glossing over the human rights abuses of a brutal dictator because Cubans have free healthcare shows that some elected leaders hold a dangerous ideological commitment that has no bounds.  Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said Castro was “a symbol of the struggle for justice” – a struggle that also involved slaughtering and torturing tens of thousands of his own people.  Having a leader that is a champion of social justice didn’t work out so well for the countless people that Castro murdered, nor is it working for the millions of Cubans currently living at subsistence without fundamental freedoms, but they have free healthcare and reported high literacy rates so social justice is apparently served.

The irony is that the modern Left’s social justice tends to divide, rather than unite as its name would seem to indicate, primarily because Americans generally don’t like the idea of the government mandating social change or forcing private individuals to do things they don’t want to do.  The social justice brand of liberalism led, in part, to a Trump presidency and a repudiation of those principles.  When morality is determined by the extent of government reach into society, murderous villains like Castro can become heroes in the eyes of some.  In this perverse worldview, a man with a legacy of death and destruction is lionized as a visionary for the Left’s social justice dreams of universal healthcare and education.

Presented under a veneer of equality and opportunity for all, social justice provides neither, but rather it enables policies or leaders to destroy fundamental liberties – just ask Cuba.

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