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The ‘Pseudo-Ethics’ of Social Justice In Economics, Politics And Religion

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Social Justice” is a phrase that you see everywhere today. Global Warming is all about social justice. The United Nations sponsors an annual World Day of Social Justice.  The U.N.’s own website states:

For the United Nations, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of our global mission to promote development and human dignity. The adoption by the International Labour Organization of the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization is just one recent example of the UN system’s commitment to social justice.” [emphasis added]

One Christian blogger recently wrote:

As we strive for social justice and attempt to love our neighbors, are we relying on Christ, or are we relying on the military, political leaders, the government, church authorities, institutions, and abusive ideologies?” [emphasis added]

Social justice is a slippery bar of soap, but it surely sounds important, doesn’t it?

The term has a long history, definitive philosophy and uniformly disastrous results to any society who dared to embrace it. Plus, others have written extensively about it.

Spoiler ahead. According to famed Austrian economist F.A. Hayek, social justice is nothing more than “pseudo-ethics” that “fails every test which a system of moral rules must satisfy in order to secure a peace and voluntary co-operation of free men.”1



Brief History

There are two historical threads that started in the same time-frame and have travelled forward like parallel train tracks.

The first attribution of the term went to a Jesuit priest, Luigi Taparelli in the 1840s and was based on the work of St. Thomas Aquinas. Taparelli argued that working for the common good was the highest calling. Redistribution of wealth was foreseen as the end, but he stopped short of calling for government intervention to get there.

The Catholic concept of social justice has not only matured, but is seen as the centerpiece of Pope Francis’ agenda for global harmony. The authoritative Jesuit organ, Ignatius Solidarity Network states clearly on its home page:

Pope Francis’s emphasis on the plight of the poor and marginalized has brought new energy to the work of service and social justice in the Catholic Church.

At the Ignatian Solidarity Network, our social justice education and advocacy mission is grounded in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Catholic Social Teaching and the prophetic call of the Gospels – each of which we see present in Pope Francis, both in word and action. His Jesuit formation, perspective as a Latin American and his gentle spirit inspire our work with individuals and institutions connected to the Jesuits and the larger church.” [emphasis added]

Also in the 1840s, Karl Marx and Frederich Engels were developing their ‘science of socialism’ that first produced The Communist Manifesto. To Marx, social justice would result by tearing down the elite class and raising up the oppressed class: in other words, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Today, we call this ‘wealth redistribution’.

For all of the altruistic goals of Marx and his followers, theory turned into practice and then the carnage began. Lenin and his Marxist revolutionaries “came to power with an ambitious programme of measures designed to ensure social justice and improve the lot of the poor.”2

According to Austrian philosopher Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn,

If one were to take paper and pencil to make an estimate of how many people were murdered or killed in battle because of the ideas of the French Revolution in their various stages, guises, and evolutionary forms, because of the ideas of equality, ethnic or racist identity, a ‘classless society,’ a ‘world safe for democracy,’ a ‘racially pure people,’ ‘true social justice achieved by social engineering’ – one would arrive at simply staggering sums. Even the Jewish holocaust offered by the National Socialists with five or six million dead would seem almost a drop in the bucket.” [emphasis added]

Literally, at least 97 million died during the last century in the Communist dictatorships around the world: Russia, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, etc. In fact, more died at the hands of their own Marxist rulers than died in all external wars, combined.

When the Catholic doctrine of social justice met the Marxist version in the 1970s, it gave full birth to the so-called Liberation Theology that ravaged large swathes of Africa and South America. This writer personally witnessed the horrible carnage in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) thanks to Liberation Theology.


Modern Implications

Social justice is a major meme throughout the world, throughout the United Nations and throughout organized religions and even in the evangelical church. While the average person on the street would have a hard time defining social justice, it does have a very specific and historical doctrine that cannot be denied or minimized.

In short, social justice mostly focuses on economic justice, where income and wealth distribution is paramount. Ever-present is the notion that people as individuals are not worthy to serve their own needs, but rather they should serve the greater good and thus rely on the greater good to somehow meet their needs. This always elevates the needs of the community above the needs of individuals.

The United Nations is using social justice to promote its system of Sustainable Development, or Green Economy. This writer has carefully documented this to be the functional equivalent of Technocracy from the 1930s; a resource-based economic system without social classes, private property or liberty.

Churches are using social justice as a societal support system to justify the plans of the United Nations to transform the world into Sustainable Development. Do all church-goers recognize this? Hardly. But here is a tell-tale sign.

Whenever your pastor starts talking or writing about social justice, look out.

Whenever he or she starts quoting St. Loyola of Ignatius, the Catholic thought-leader preceding social justice in the 1840s, run.

The co-called ecumenical movement that brings various church movements together in “unity” (a social justice concept) has allowed the Catholic church to methodically and purposefully slip social justice dogma into the evangelical church. There is otherwise no Biblical mandate or support for the concept of social justice.

The world, including political, economic and religious, has seemingly gone mad over social justice.

However, We would do well to remember the lessons of the past century so that we don’t help to usher in the death of another 97 million world citizens. Social justice is an evil philosophy that must be repudiated at every opportunity.



This article first appeared on Technocracy News, and is reproduced with kind permission.

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About Patrick Wood (15 Articles)
Patrick Wood is a leading and critical expert on Sustainable Development, Green Economy, Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda and historic Technocracy. He is the author of Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation (2015) and co-author of Trilaterals Over Washington, Volumes I and II (1978-1980) with the late Antony C. Sutton.

7 Comments on The ‘Pseudo-Ethics’ of Social Justice In Economics, Politics And Religion

  1. Read Thomas Sowell’s book, ‘Cosmic Justice” an excoriating description of what socialisation does to a nation.

  2. ” I have come to realise that if you put “social” before any noun It reverses the meaning of the noun: So social market, isn’t a market,; social democracy isn’t democracy; social justice isn’t justice; social housing isn’t proper housing; social engineering isn’t engineering and social services dictate rather than serve.” Christie Davies (TFA)

  3. Great article. We may choose to ignore individuals who spout the rhetoric but we cannot ignore the UN and the enormous costs (not just financial) that it seeks to impose on us. It needs to be defunded.

  4. Patrick, thank you for a fine article which explains so much of what we see in the world around us today. It certainly gives new meaning to the old, formally jocular, question: “Is the Pope a Catholic?”

    With regards to ‘liberation’ theology many years ago I met by accident with an old school friend at Park Station in Johannesburg (where Harris had planted his bomb). We had both been at Milton High School in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).

    I asked him what had made him leave. He told me that after the bush war was over and Mugabe had taken charge he’d received an army call-up. He said he was surprised by this but decided it would be unwise to ignore it. Long story short he told me he found himself South of Bulawayo in a squad in an Ndebele tribal area driving from settlement to settlement shooting unarmed men women and children after first lining them all up. He told me he shot over their heads. He said: “That did it for me, so here I am.”

  5. Excellent article, my feelings exactly. Unfortunately though, I think that the deaths of many tens of millions of people is exactly where this is headed.

    We’ve seen it all before, the selling of utopian ideas to gullible people that just won’t accept that we don’t live in an idea world and never will, the disaffected clutching at straws. The European union all over isn’t it, I’ve always despised it, always will and that goes for globalism generally.

    A lot of people that know me think that I came from a very privileged background, but nothing could be further from the truth, but I didn’t blame others, I went and studied and worked. I’ve always known there is no such thing as utopia, I would say I’ve seen more of life than is good for me.

    This whole social Justice thing is an evil lie and I’ve given up discussing it with people that I meet, people that just refuse to see the truth.

  6. Spot on! But they have woven their evil “satanic” tentacles in every powerful institution in the world. Pushing the enslavement of mankind,N.W.O. the biggest lie being “climate change”, they think they can control mother nature.
    Everything they tell us is one big lie!!Its getting harder finding the truth,because they are busy closing it down (no dissenting voices)Big brother “George Orwell” comes to mind. Dark times indeed we live in a matrix? Red or Blue?

    • No dissenting voices? They get stronger every day via social media and a few arrests for thought crime are not closing it down so far. However ghastly for the victims it’s a token effort compared to the vast volume of dissent now abroad. Even in MSM comments.

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