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  • Thiagarajan Arunachalam
    From: MD Kini ** A Call From Justice By Allan Goldstein *Life isn’t fair*. What is it within our souls that make us cringe at those words?
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        A Call From Justice

      By Allan Goldstein

      *Life isn’t fair*.  What is it within our souls that make us cringe at
      those words?  They’re true, aren’t they?  They’re drummed into every child
      by the age of five, when she first drops a lollipop in the dirt.

      So why, even now, against all our adult experiences of disappointment,
      tragedy and loss, do they still have the power to make us hurt?

      If a human being puts his finger on a hot stove, he will feel pain.  That’s
      an innate reflex built into people, put there for our protection.

      If a human being feels injustice he will feel pain.  That’s built into
      people too, and for the same reason.

      To want justice is to *be* human.  Every exposé we’ve ever seen, every
      lament, every sad story, every unnecessary disaster, each one tugs on the
      same place in our minds, plucks the same heartstrings.

      Justice is the word that hides, naked and ashamed, beneath the uncorrupted
      depths of the human heart.  It has called to us since the beginning of
      time.  I believe it is time we listened.

      It is no longer enough to be, vaguely, in a general way, in favor of
      justice.  Since the beginning of recorded history we have dreamed of a
      fairer, more just world.  Time and again we have placed our trust in
      “isms,” hoping that this idea would produce the justice we seek.

      Time and again the “isms” fail us.  They are failing us today.  Socialism
      is a spent force; capitalism is devouring itself.  “We need to find a third
      way!”  How many times have you heard that lament?  How many years have we
      spent looking for that elusive third way?

      But the third way is not elusive; it’s *mythological*.  Private activity
      isn’t all that private because private individuals practice public
      activity.  We can talk about the economic balance, but that’s not where the
      heart of the matter lies.

      Economics is *mechanical* it’s a *method*.  Capitalism and socialism are
      left and right when where we really need to look is up.

      Unfortunately, we’ve allowed our methods to become ideologies.  Ideology
      forces one to deny at least half of human nature.  Free market ideologues
      pretend that the markets decide the outcomes of everything, and to
      interfere with them is not only useless, it’s blasphemous.  They don’t
      really think that way, not with their whole natures.  Otherwise the most
      successful among them wouldn’t spend the second halves of their lives
      giving it all away to charity.  But free markets are their gods, and homage
      must be paid.

      Socialists pretend that the collective is everything, that the profit
      motive is selfish at best, sinful at worst.  They pretend to believe in a
      utopia where all property is public, shared, and equally distributed.  They
      don’t really think that way, not with their whole natures.  They know that
      people need a sense of ownership and the incentive to get off the couch and
      do something.  But socialism is their god and homage must be paid.

      Those fixations are the result of making a *method* the measure of *virtue*.
      Both sides believe that only their methods can possibly produce a just
      result.  Yet neither has done so; ideology is just an excuse for willful
      blindness.

      The question isn’t whether our methods comply with our preconceived notions
      of what *should* work.  The question is do those notions work to bring more
      justice or otherwise?

      We’ve pummeled our way through five thousand years of history, hoping that
      somehow, justice would come into the world as a byproduct of this or that
      “ism.”  If we weren’t so mesmerized by our pet methods we’d see them for
      what they are: contingent, speculative, changeable, even disposable.

      What is timeless is our deep, universal yearning for fairness, for
      justice.  Justice is the organizing principle of the human heart.

      It can also be the organizing principle of human society.  Not as a *
      byproduct*, but as our stated, explicit goal.

      If we want justice, we must fight for justice, directly, overtly, and
      tirelessly.  The “ism” we seek is right before our eyes.  It has been all
      along.  Justism.

      I can hear the objections now.  What is Justism?  How do you define it?
      Maybe what I call justice you call travesty.

      We can argue about that, in fact, we *should* argue about that.  It would
      certainly elevate the conversation.

      We spend all our lives calling for justice while all along it is calling
      for us.  This would be a good time to answer.

      This article was published at NationofChange at:
      http://www.nationofchange.org/call-justice-1371045475. All rights are
      reserved.

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