Friday, December 18, 2020

Is equity, as a demand of "social justice", inherently Marxist? Probably so, and this affects "social credit"



Patrisse Cullors, filmmaker of the YouTubeOriginal series “Resist”, asks herself, “Am I a Marxist?”

She says, yes, but then talks about how social justice concerns impact the individual in vague terms.  David Rubin would not be impressed.

There is a forced speech problem.  Many prominent young adults online in various fields who are probably more on the moderate center-Left personally (not the identarian Left) have at times given in to posting “Black Lives Matter” symbols and black images on their sites as a sign of solidarity.  Now some of them wonder if they have been goaded into supporting Marxism (aka Communism) in public as a “requirement” for staying up.  I’m reminded of some marches in Washington DC where “Antifa” activists barged into outdoor restaurants and demanded that diners join their salutes.

“Critical theory” sounds like one end of a social justice see-saw. The other end is individual social credit, especially it the rules are drawn trying to enforce strict equity.  I grew up in a world where it was the obligation of the emerging adult to prove he was “worthy” (no need for pronoun sensitivities here), with things coming to a head with the male-only military draft and the student deferment system that hit men who didn’t do well in school..  It becomes incumbent on someone who was more privileged to give back something or else learn what it is like to  be unlucky himself.  We are urged to pay attention to “in need” when we are used to thinking about people as responsible for their own situations.  That hardly works now.  Indeed, if something bad happens to me because of someone else’s wrongdoing, it becomes a perverse kind of social justice.  It becomes especially indicative of individual moral character to share risks and common sacrifices when demanded.  My father used to say, “To obey is better than to sacrifice”.

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