Re[3]: The Violence Solution

Guru George (
Wed, 31 Dec 1997 21:14:13 +0100

On Tue, 30 Dec 1997 20:54:59 -0500
"Abraham Moses Genen" <> wrote:


>There is a problem here that far to many people fail to understand.
>Ethically, we must consider the concerns and fates of our fellows if we are
>to reduce if not eliminate social inequities. The issue as I see it is to
>transcend our selfishness for the common good.
>Can we focus on greater involvement by increasing direct participation in
>government and eliminating the "them vs. us" syndrome that our so-called
>representative government is degenerating into?
Hmm, I don't seem to have made myself clear. I have no objection to
your whipping us up into moral action; what I object to is the
nonsensicality of the concept "social justice" to describe what you are
aiming for as a result of all this social action.

The result you are after - that we all get together and do something
about our less fortunate fellows - that's fine. However, to describe
this as bringing about a form of "justice" seems to me to be daft: since
the distribution of goods is largely accidental, ie. nobody is to
*blame* for it, how can it be a matter of *justice*?

In fact doing so obscures the morality of helping. Instead of an act of
charity, we are to call our giving of aid an act of *justice*?

Guru George