Social justice requires economic justice

It became evident to me through my work on the health care issue, that social justice and economic justice are sides of the same coin. I came to realize that you couldn’t obtain social justice without first confronting the economic factors that control the complex workings of our society. Money and its creation are without doubt the most significant ingredients in our everyday lives and what determine the kind of world we live in.

We all want the same things, economic security, meaningful employment, a reasonable standard of living and a belief in the American Dream. Common sense tells us that we can’t expect the pie to be divided equally, but everyone should have the opportunity to get their fair share of that pie.

I personally don’t believe that government should have excessive control of our lives, but there are essential services that are more egalitarian and efficient when paid by government. Making better widgets should be left to free enterprise, although without effective regulation you will end up with the mess we have today. There is no question that an informed public is vital to the success of representative democracy and that even a rudimentary understanding of economics will help that process.

I would like to suggest websites that could expand the economic understanding of the public:, As for reading material I would suggest: Web of Debt by Ellen Brown, Rebooting the American Dream by Thom Hartmann and The Great American Stickup by Robert Scheer.

  1 comment for “Social justice requires economic justice

  1. Leslie Blanton
    March 30, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I appreciate the truth of this article.

    To go even farther out there: I think we need a new concept of money. Instead of printing greenbacks to trade with, which originate from nowhere and enrich people who do nothing, we should require people to perform essential services to earn credits that they can spend. Their direct work would eliminate the need for government to tax for and provide those services. “Banks” would then become data banks (vaults of paper cash will be unnecessary) where records of each citizen’s deeds are balanced against credits, and theoretically, no one would need to carry a wallet. Maybe this is a utopian fantasy.

    One of my favorite books is Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia. It is a science fiction story about a future society where people are required to earn the resources that they use by participating in the responsible stewardship of those resources.

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