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The Slippery Slope and Social Justice

March 17th, 2012 | Posted by David Whitfield in Social Justice | Uncategorized

This is my very first blog and as a social justice junkie I just wanted to open with a little food for thought. As a nation, I believe we need to think about our thinking, our worldview, our behavior, and survivability. So, here goes.

When it comes to social justice, just where are we headed? We were once the nation of envy, the nation as a paragon to follow, the nation of financial growth and savings, the nation of production, advancement. People died to come here, lied to live here. We experienced hegemony, influence, dominance, pride. We for the most part, had our basic needs met, and that’s the way social justice is supposed to work.  Look at us today. We are experiencing a downward paradigmatic shift on a very slippery slope that will adversely affect social justice and economic justice for all.  Meaning some will not have the basics: food, shelter, clean drinking water, education, and medical resources.  Social justice demands that no one should be disadvantaged while another is advantaged; that we all have our basics simply because we are members of the human race.

Our standard of living has changed from previous years. We are no longer the nation of financial growth for all; rather we’re a debtor nation with China as our main banker. We’re no longer the production nation; rather, we are the mendacious nation where truth has become just another point of view. Our leaders lie. And when leaders lie, people die. Consequently, people suffer, starve, and become homeless, food insecure, sick, and broke, with little or no recourse. This has a deleterious effect on social justice and economic justice.  I believe the survivability is in question.

What are your thoughts?

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  • Bob Sprague says:

    Congrats David! I have long awaited this Blog and your voice in this space. Your provoking commentary is helpful. A bit of disequilibrium spawns innovation in the marketplace, how much more for us personally. I would enjoy hearing your comments in response to Greg Smith’s OpEd piece in the NY Times last week and the controversy it stirred around Goldman Sachs and the Finance industry. What happens to social and economic justice when the finance industry loses site of agency and the ethics surrounding a fiduciary. Thank you for the commentary and look forward to future posts.

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