Everyone has his own justice... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Does it matter?
    • 15.08.11 | 23:24 (IDT)

    The rich, on the one hand, believe taxation by the government is unfair, that this amounts to theft, and that fairness is for each to have his own without government 'meddling'. The working class (and the middle class in times of economic difficulties), on the other hand, believe in equality of opportunity, and call it social justice. Our definition of justice and fairness often depends on our status: justice is what leads us to fulfill our needs. Thus, for the rich, a free market is the fairest economic system; and for the others, it is a social democracy of sorts. It is useless to discuss what is just since everybody has his own definition. Instead, we should try and understand why people come to embrace their definition of justice, what desires and needs are informing their political preferences. Instead of trying to understand what is moving the Israeli middle-class to demand more social democracy, Glenn Beck prefers to moralize, to simplify the issue at hand with empty concepts and insults - just a testimony of how shallow political discourse in his country is. He may be an influential cultural figure, but his "insights" are nonetheless as relevant and deep as a toddler's tantrum: what he likes, he will praise; what he dislikes, he will simply dismiss and insult.

    from the article: Glenn Beck calls Israel social protesters 'communists'
    First published 22:22 15.08.11 | Last updated 22:22 15.08.11
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