Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Conservative principles are completely congruent with the value of social justice.."

I am reading an article I wanted to share with readers entitled Social justice: a conservative perspective by Bruce A. Thyera. It sheds light on what social justice looks like for a conservative in social work and the abstract is as follows:

Although political conservatives outnumber moderates and liberals in the American populace, the conservative political ideology is largely absent from academic, practice and policy discourse within the social work and social welfare communities. This article describes a conservative perspective on the topic of social justice and illustrates how this view actually promotes a more socially just practice than a liberal orientation to practice and policy. Specific attention is given to the conservative perspective on the provision of social welfare programs, the use of the income tax as a means to redistribute wealth, on affirmative action, on the death penalty, and on abortion rights.

Kudos to Professor Thyera for writing on this topic. Social justice in academic programs is currently a buzz word for Democratic partisans to discriminate against conservatives and those who do not share their liberal agenda. There should be a diversity of political thought in academia--to reject those who hold conservative or libertarian political views is as damaging as rejecting those due to race or gender.



Blogger Master Doh-San said...

Given Vox Day's caveat that when you modify a noun, it ceases to be what it originally was, one cannot help but wonder exactly how "social" justice differs from good old garden-variety justice.

4:46 PM, November 11, 2010  
Blogger Dr.Alistair said...

modifying nouns and nominalising verbs are linguistic tricks that all politicians use to keep talking without saying anything at all.

and social justice is a neat way that liberals own justice as a warm fuzzy thing that kisses babies and lifts kittens from trees, while the old-fashioned conservative justice steals food from families and jails people for nothing.

linguistic tricks are jesuit ways to keep us child-like and unable to think for ourselves.

but people keep watching cnn expecting things to change.

6:03 PM, November 11, 2010  
Blogger Dr.Alistair said... nominalise a verb is to take a verb like "to educate" and turn it into "education".

one can rattle on about "education" all day without saying shit all.

unless one is forced to discuss the mechanisms and processes of education as opposed to the noun "educate" at the political level, nothing happens.

6:07 PM, November 11, 2010  
Blogger globalman100 said...

Ah yes...women...the gentler sex who are always the better parent, right?

2:13 PM, November 13, 2010  
Blogger Webutante said...

I just read a new book called 'Generous Justice' by Tim Keller pastor-in-chief of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.

He literally takes apart the liberal verses conservative views of social justice as he brings his readers back to the Mosaic code in the Old Testament. Whether or not you're a Christian, this book is absolutely fantastic. I found myself---as an conservative---agreeing with almost everything he says, as he reviews how God provided for the poor in ways that encouraged self-sufficiency (in the law of gleaning) forgiveness of debts every 7 years, and, every 49 years---Jubilee years--release from bondage.

It's a short book, and anyone interested in social justice, especially conservatives, will find it extremely illuminating. And not to worry, the book does not advocate massive unending welfare programs loved by liberals.

7:41 PM, November 14, 2010  
Blogger TMink said...

Social justice to a conservative is small government. There is no place in conservatism for welfare programs, wealth redistribution, or affirmative action.

A conservative can say that abortion is only the business of the person requesting one and so should be left to the states.

But the best social justice is tiny government.


11:51 AM, November 15, 2010  
Blogger Tom said...

Thank you, Dr. Helen for a great blog--I will check back from time to time.

10:47 AM, January 21, 2011  

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