Progress is a lovely word, but only when it means that we’re progressing towards a specific and singular destination or end state. Working in defense of an ideal is expected, but the goal can never be reached if the route and destination are redefined at the changing of each season. Despite writing and re-writing their own map, social justice activists will never be satisfied and they will always find a new horizon of inequalities to fight against.
Every few months a new social justice fad comes along, and some gain more steam than others. The biggest social justice fads as of late have revolved around queer rights, and “Justice for Trayvon” campaigns. The only thing that the Justice for Trayvon campaigns have accomplished is to sell an inordinate amount of Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea. They’ve also inspired a number of anti-white hate crimes, with attackers saying, “This is for Trayvon!” Last year the fad was Kony 2012, and the year before that it was Occupy… Do you see the trend yet? I suspect that the “Justice for Trayvon” fad is on the way out and that something else is going to be coming in very soon, but that’s besides the point. The point is that social justice movements are fads. They come and they go, and some are a lot more stylish that others.
The problem with social justice activists isn’t that they don’t know what they want. The problem isn’t even that they don’t have the energy to accomplish what they set their sights on. The problem is that they aren’t truly dedicated to their vision, and after eight to nine months they will jump to a different bandwagon. A social justice activist can never be happy unless he is walking the path of forward moving progress.
Christian writer G.K. Chesterton abhors the progressive school of thought, and if he had a Twitter account I can imagine what he might say. G.K. Chesterton, tweeting from beyond the grave, would probably start a parody account @GKsBigCorp and tweet, “What does a corporate butcher say while grinding working class slaves into secular and individualist patties? #Progress! lolz”
What Chesterton actually said was a bit different…
“Progress is a metaphor from merely walking along a road — very likely the wrong road,” Chesterton said. “But reform is a metaphor for reasonable and determined men: it means that we see a certain thing out of shape and we mean to put it into shape. And we know what shape.”
“Social Justicers,” as I prefer to call them, love to walk the path of progress, but you’ll more likely find them galloping blindly atop their moral high-horse and tilting at windmills. Writing for Library of Law and Liberty, Economics Professor and Author David C. Rose says that social justice theory is dangerous because, “… social justice advocates therefore attempt to solve a moral problem that doesn’t exist and, in so doing, reduce a society’s ability to solve moral problems that really do exist.”
Despite writing and re-writing their own map, social justice activists will never be satisfied and they will always find a new horizon of inequalities to fight against. In the 80s, America was promised that the border with Mexico would be secured if we did an Amnesty. The amnesty happened, the border was never secured, and now social justice advocates want another amnesty to make everything right.. Later, America was told that queer activists would be happy if they were allowed to have a civil union from the government. Don’t worry, they were just kidding, because what they actually want is to force churches to perform gay marriages. It isn’t surprising that queers and social justice advocates want to force Churches to perform marriages, so I hope that nobody will be surprised when the same advocates decide that isn’t good enough for them either.
Speaking of which, the queer activist community has found some, uh, strange bedfellows as of late. Child molesters to be more specific. Now we’re being told that it’s wrong to stop child molesters from having carnal relations with children. We’re told that it is because keeping children away from pedophiles is somehow cruel and disrespectful of a pedophile’s human rights, and it makes them an unequal class of citizens. That’s how social justice activists work, and it’s all about redistribution of rights or materials. In the case of pedophiles, it’s about redistributing access to children.
It’s the inequalities which make them so crazy, and if only everybody had everything in exactly the same proportion, or that all people enjoyed all things in the same qualitative manner then everything could be okay. Except the problem is that social justice advocates will always find some new problem, usually an imagined one, and magnify it to an obscene size. What’s next? Bestiality? It seems that I’m actually behind the curve on predicting that one. Bestiality advocates are already using the same language that queer rights advocates have been using.
Social justice fads and popularized schools of thought do one thing very well, just one thing. Slavery.
“[The man] we see every day — the worker in Mr. Gradgrind’s factory, the little clerk in Mr. Gradgrind’s office — he is too mentally worried to believe in freedom. He is kept quiet with revolutionary literature. He is calmed and kept in his place by a constant succession of wild philosophies, ” Chesterton said. “He is a Marxian one day, a Nietzscheite the next day, a Superman (probably) the next day; and a slave every day. The only thing that remains after all the philosophy is the factory [emphasis added].”
Unlike Christianity which is known to be quite inconsistent, and gloriously so at that, social justice activism and the degenerate lifestyle are remarkably consistent in the product or end state it produces. There’s a reason it’s called “degeneracy.” It’s because it is a de-generation and destruction of man and society.
Chesterton knows how the path of progress winds, and it isn’t a pretty one.
Speaking in regards to the progressive school of thought, “I am here only following the outlines of their argument, which consists in maintaining that man has been progressively more lenient, first to citizens, then to slaves, then to animals, and then (presumably) to plants,” Chesterton said. “I think it wrong to sit on a man. Soon, I shall think it wrong to sit on a horse. Eventually (I suppose) I shall think it wrong to sit on a chair.”
The problem, again, with social justice advocates is that their goal or target is never fixed, and that is the awful consistency of degeneracy and social justice activism. It begs the question of why anyone calls it progress in the first place. We’ve heard the battle cry of degeneracy, and it is “Forward!” Only just recently, it was, “Yes! We can!”
The battle cry of freedom is, “Tradition!”