Social Justice King & Jefferson Can Both Agree On

If one can accept the posit that society is nothing more than the sum total of all individual exchanges that take place within it, then one could also acknowledge that it is the preservation of the mechanics of the process of exchange in general, and not the objects of any one transaction, which should be the focus of a just and equitable government.

To wit, a fair exchange can only result when all parties involved gain some net benefit. Any system of government that violates this basic principle, whether on the basis of race, creed, religion, or ideology, no matter the justification, no matter the rationalization, no matter the platitudes, is unjust.

Such injustice, unchecked, leads only to oppression and corruption. In such a society, there is little incentive to hold oneself accountable to contractual obligations, little incentive to innovate, little incentive to do anything more than gain power over others.

Taking is not Economic Justice, forcing is not Social Justice, and Human Rights come from within, and from above. They can never come from the government, for He who gives, so too, can take away.

We know we are free men. Let us begin to act on this knowledge.

In the word of Martin King:

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'”

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

“Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring—when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children—black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics—will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!””


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