Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Social Justice

SOCIAL JUSTICE, n.  The collective struggle for inclusive conspiracy.  
The elite are all foreign, the common all kin
And the wise live over the ocean.
We all share one world, aversion to sin
And confusion at brownian motion.
You're the salt of the Earth, but hear me now, Mister!
For we aren't all so different on balance:
What binds us together as brother and sister,
Is thievery, given the chance.
-St. Loquacious

21 comments:

jenn said...

There is justice for I am first!

Minka said...

Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers?

Omnipotent Poobah said...

social justice - An oxymoron unfortunately.

TLP said...

Social Justice: your chance to give your life meaning.

Unfortunately good intentions cause just about as much harm as malevolece does. But there is no excuse to stop trying.

tsduff said...

I like the way THREE DOG NIGHT questioned...

How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be hard, easy to be cold

How can people have no feelings
How can they ignore their friends
Easy to be proud, easy to say no

Especially people who care about strangers
Who care about evil and SOCIAL INJUSTICE


OH, you said justice. What's the difference?

Hobbes said...

Slips easily into mob rule.

quilly said...

SOCIAL JUSTICE n. these two words go together about as well as opposing ends of magnets.

Consider for example the incident when the 5th grade bully got peed on by the third grader he sat on to terrorize. The bully was laughed at long and loud -- but then so was the victim.

The bully learned to keep a bit more distance between himself and his future target. The victim ... became even more of a victim. That is social justice in practice.

cindra said...

social justice

A FANTASY

the amoeba said...

Hey Doug! Somebody's been reading up on the Prisoner's Dilemma, eh?

"I just misunderstood the rules" - Bill Belicheat. (I don't suppose it's a coincidence that the Wikipedia page on Belichick, the pride of Boston - a second-rate city full of second-rate people if there ever was one, look what they have to do to get a "winner" - has no reference to the videotaping scandal.)

The only worthwhile thing Bates College students have ever done was to storm the ring after the second Clay(Ali)-Liston fight in 1965 yelling "Fix!" (which it probably was. Oh, if that trend had only caught on ...

Doug said...

Jenn, that's anti-social justice.

Minka, that's theft.

Poobah, it's only unfortunate if you're sociable. Curmedgeonly justice is everlasting and present anywhere people don't gather.

TLP, I had a feeling satire would be tough for the Unitarians today.

Terry, the difference is between imagining a hammer in your hand or feeling one on your skull.

Starts there, usually, Hobbes.

Quilly, that's a superb parable.

Cindra, only because you're innocent.

Amoeba, I studied the Prisoner's Dilemma in college actually. It really irritated that economics professors consider strangling the guard, taking his keys and freeing your friend before frivolously kicking a missionary volunteer wasn't a valid option.

Jamie Dawn said...

Justice is as justice does.

(I kind of stole that from Forrest Gump, then I just changed it a bit and made it my own.)

ariel said...

social justice, whatever the ruling class comes up with today.

Did I just sum up your poem? No? Ok.

eskzdimt - eskimo zips deers at midnight

Minka said...

Doug, does that mean I have to return this lollipop I found outside the store yesterday and took home...I really don't want to. It tastes nice, you know.
And I had to bend down and pick it up and carry it all the way home...I put in the work!

AP3 said...

Social justice... when rude people get stuck sitting next to each other at a soiree.

mireille said...

I love this. Thievery is the great leveller (leveler?), huh? xoxo

cooper said...

SOCIAL JUSTICE:

Never heard of it.

Indeterminacy said...

Social justice: an urban legend, a modern myth, an ancient fairytale.

The Boy from S.A.C.A.D.A. said...

Socail Justis is when you beet up a bullie.

Elbot said...

Social justice: Free electricity for everyone!

Nessa / Goldennib said...

I liked ap3's idea.

Doug, nothing brings people together like covering up a crime.

Doug said...

Jamie Dawn, if that ain't justice, what is?

Ariel, the opposite. OK!

No Minka, enjoy the lolli. It's probably clean by now.

Aral, that's not only a dreamy definition but a great job of spinning away from your Unitarian pieties.

Mireille, it's the human truth shared by rich and poor and paralegal.

Cooper, that's odd. Didn't you just finish college?

Indie, a union label!

Boy, or, apparently, when you tie him down and pee on him.

Elbot, give a bot a battery and he works for a day. Give him a solar panel and he works for a sunny day.

Nessa, so true.