“Social Justice” is an Assault on Justice

In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle answers a question from Jeff: “What is ‘social justice’? Is it a legitimate term? If so, what does it mean? If not, why not?” In answering, Biddle discusses the purpose behind “social justice,” defines and concretizes justice, compares and contrasts instances of justice with the aims of “social justice,” and shows that “social justice” is what Ayn Rand called an anti-concept: an unnecessary and rationally unusable term designed to replace and obliterate some legitimate concept.

Finally, Biddle provides a clear, concise definition of “social justice” and encourages listeners to bear the definition in mind whenever they hear the term, and to provide the definition to advocates of “social justice” so that they will know that we too know what they are talking about and calling for.

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