How Social Justice Works in the Real World

25 Sep 2018

On my previous post – I defined what social justice is. One of the key points I made was that penalties are rendered socially.

The article below is about how liberals see themselves as morally superior and how their rage has made them humorless. But as I surfed through the article, the author provided an excellent example of how social justice through peer pressure works.

Why aren’t liberals fun anymore? – The Hill, 2018/09/24

Last week, I gave a talk at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley to some 250 technology executives and the venture capitalists who fund them. I asked at the start of my speech how many of them have a positive opinion of Trump. Now, mind you, if any group has been transformed into gazillionaires because of Trump policies, it was this crowd. Out of the 250 attendees, about three people dared to raise their hands. I knew that liberalism is transcendent in the Bay Area, but I didn’t realize groupthink was this lopsided.

After the speech, about 20 to 30 of the attendees came up and said they enjoyed my talk. Several whispered that they really like what Trump is doing. Huh? Why didn’t they raise their hands? The answers: “I have clients here and I will lose them if they know I support Trump;” “I will be ostracized if my friends know my real feelings;” “I didn’t want to get into an argument with people;” and so on.

Do you see how it works? The attendees did not want to be subjected to the courtroom of social justice. If they identified themselves as Trump supporters, the word would get out via Tweet, or an Instagram post showing someone raising their hand in supporting Trump, and social justice court will be in session. The attendees did not want to take the risk of shame and loss of business in visibly showing support of President Trump.

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Defining Social Justice

25 Sep 2018

Most of us have heard of the term “social justice”. There has been some who have tried to define the term by linking it to equal access to various aspects of society such as wealth, justice, opportunity, etc. That’s not it. When you use the term “justice”, that means there are judgments being rendered.

Based on my observation in recent years, I am going to try and define it here. And when you read this definition, think back to the various events or quotes that have led to a storm of activity on social media.

Social justice is a system of justice that operates in the courtroom of public opinion. It renders people innocent or guilty based on public opinion. Those rendered innocent are accepted and allowed to continue or operate as they have done. Those rendered guilty are either shamed into compliance by the demands of the public, or they are shunned and stigmatized by the public and they are shadow banned. Penalties are not rendered legally, but socially.

There are two things that we have to understand in how the courtroom of social justice works. First, we must understand that truth is not a factor into the courtroom of social justice. There are no standards. There are no legal guidelines. Judgments are rendered primarily on prevailing opinion regardless of whether or not it’s true. Second, the courtroom primarily takes place in the realm of social media because of number of people that can participate and the speed with which people can have their opinions read and make their comments. And if the issue is large enough, then major media figures get involved, which means there will be more opinions offered on an issue.

Where social justice gets dicey is when it begins to effect our real system of justice, which is based on real laws and real penalties. In social justice, the standard of innocence until proven guilty does not exist. Remember – there is no truth or legal standards in the social justice system. So now when we have situations like Supreme Court nominations where there have been accusations made regarding sexual crimes (in today’s example), social justice says he is guilty. The problem is that in the actual real legal system, guilt has to be proven. But with the prevalence of social media and the pressure that can be created, those who administer the laws are succumbing to the pressure and are allowing the terms of social justice to silently creep into how they administer the law. Real laws are ignored in place of the decisions rendered in the social justice courtroom. Therefore, sanctuary cities are good even though they run counter to federal immigration laws.

If I had to make this a one sentence definition, then social justice can be defined as a lawless system of justice where people are judged and issues are decided by a prevailing public opinion or a mob rule – and judgments are rendered through peer pressure.