Skip to comments.The Tyranny of Cliches
Posted on 06/02/2012 7:31:27 PM PDT by mkmensinger
One of the great things about social justice is that once you become a poster child for it, you also become, ipso facto, an expert on it. Invoking the longstanding commitment to all forms of social justice of the LGBT community, the presidents of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce sent a letter (subsequently retracted) to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in May 2011 urging it to support President Obamas vision of an America in which everyone has high-speed access by allowing the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. I remain a bit hazy on how, exactly, high-speed Internet access is a requirement of social justice, or for that matter why it is of specific concern to gays.
And thats the point. Social justice is not a non-ideological concept that simply draws on ethics or morality. No, it is a deeply ideological set of assumptions that most practitioners of social justice refuse to openly and sincerely acknowledge, preferring instead to roll their eyes and proclaim that they are on the side of goodness.
And this is where Hayek (praise be upon him) had it slightly wrong. Social justice isnt so much a mirage as it is a Trojan horse, concealing a much more radical agenda. Social justice is a profoundly ideological term, masquerading as a generic term for goodness. In short, it is a tyrannical cliché, a seemingly benign truism that, like a pill with a pleasant protective coating, conceals a mind-altering substance within.
Social justice in the liberal’s mind:
Exalt the perverted.
Punish the normal and productive.
The Left is very good at it. Who controls the language, controls the debate, controls the culture.
Are you for social injustice? Are you against gaiety? Against choice?
How many here fall for it and use this language which is in effect admitting defeat before the discussion starts? No, the pederasts are not gay, and abortion is not choice or pro-choice, folks!