The same old China & Russia example - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Sarah R.
    • 22.08.11 | 23:37 (IDT)

    Is it merely ironic, or just plain ignorant, that China and Russia are always cited as the example of ultimate totalitarian regimes and are equated with Right Wing politics. In every situation in World History where there has been totalitarianism, the beginnings of it were always a desire for "Social Justice" equated with hatred for the wealthy (creative innovators who became successful financially). It was always the wealthy, the educated, and the creative, who were massacred first, along with dissenters from the ideology of social uniformity which is really what Social Justice ends up being about and it is always the liberal anti-establishment Left which forwarded the uprisings. China and Russia are the perfect examples of how Social Justice as an objective fails every time; and stifles all creativity because all incentive is taken away. It ends up trying to enforce sameness. By nature, humans are creative beings, and each unique. Equal means the same. We may be and should be equal in a court of law, but in everyday reality our "un-equalness"; our unending variety of talents and attributes, and varying degrees of success, is what sustains our rich and vibrant societies. Our societies already help the poor greatly, more than at any time in human history. Social Justice is really a cover up for saying that those who have should give it to those who don't. In Ethics of the Fathers it is said that those who say "What is mine is mine, and what is yours is mine, this is a wicked person". This is what Social Justice is really about. It is envy and greed on the other foot.

    from the article: Israel's version of the French Revolution: Liberty, fraternity, creativity
    First published 15:50 11.08.11 | Last updated 15:50 11.08.11
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