“The smallest minority on Earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” – Ayn Rand
“Social justice,” the young, well-intentioned, and severely tipsy American girl said.
We were going through the usual lineup of questions strangers ask each other at hole-in-the-wall bars in Thailand. I asked her what she wanted to do when she got back home.
Her answer? Social justice.
“That’s my passion,” she went on.
“What do you mean ‘social justice’?” I asked. “What does that mean?”
“Umm… well, you know, just making sure people aren’t oppressed.”
At first, I thought she was going to give me some examples of egregious human rights violations in Africa, Middle East or nearby in Asia. Where, you know, people were suffering at the hands of legitimately evil people. But, instead, she said…
“Like what happened at Mizzou.”
“Mizzou University?” I asked, hoping I didn’t hear her correctly.
“Yep. Did you see that?”
“Yeah… Riiight,” I said, seeing where this was going. “Oh, my. Look at the time…”
I’m sure you know. Young people in America are dissatisfied.
And it’s good that they are angry. They have every right to be.
They were promised that if they worked hard, stayed out of trouble, got good grades and played by the rules, the “American Dream” would be waiting for them on the other side. Just like it was for their parents and grandparents.
But… they were lied to. Little did they know at the time, their future had already been sold to the highest bidder.
Unfortunately, to make matters worse, their anger is, in large part, misguided. The wolf has been very good at disguising himself… mostly in Social Justice’s clothing.
As a result, a good chunk of the frustration American Millennials feel have been co-opted by an army of ill-informed… let’s just call it what it is… hypocrites. That’s right… I’m talking about the “Social Justice Warriors” (SJW).
Or, if you prefer, “crybullies.” (Of which, because it’s hilarious, I definitely prefer.)
What is the crybully, you ask? Well, if one is interested in seeing this strange creature in its natural habitat, he or she needs to look no further than Mizzou University…
The aforementioned ‘Ground Zero of oppression,’ according to my recent barmate.
Mizzou’s crybullies, says Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge, are “special snowflakes who are also incredibly thin-skinned. They browbeat and scold others into giving up freedom of speech or expression. Want to wear a Halloween costume? You’d better check with the campus commissar of political correctness first. (Yes, the protesters want some sort of official on campus who will determine what can and cannot be said or done). Don’t want to date a tranny? What a hateful person you are!”
Rather than practicing what they preach — which is, I guess, tolerance? — they’ve become intolerant of anyone who doesn’t religiously sip their brand of ‘tolerade.’
So fixated is the crybully on finding injustice in their own lives, if such injustice doesn’t exist, the crybully will create it. And if the crybully can’t find an enemy that’s directly oppressing him or her, he or she will surely design one from scratch.
Such was the case in Missouri when some idiot college kid drew a swastika in poop on the wall of a unisex bathroom late last year.
What should have been labelled as just disgusting stupidity of an immature college-aged kid, quickly became, with pressure of the crybullies, a “Hate Crime.”
The only victim of this tomfoolery was, of course, the janitor who had to scrub the poop from the walls in the middle of the night. But that’s not who the crybullies were defending.
Instead, they classified the wall feces as “threatening to individuals from various religious, and regional backgrounds…”
As you probably heard, it was a downward spiral from there. The students ended up demanding a “safe space” — from, we suppose, poop swastikas, offensive words and Halloween costumes — and the dean ended up being pushed into resigning. (Which is, of course, what happens when you disincentivize critical thinking and allow your school to become a cultural Marxist playground.)
All in the name, the crybullies claim, of fighting human rights violations.
But here’s a reality check…
While SJWs are fighting poop graffiti in Missouri, in Afghanistan, women are being treated as second-class citizens. More than 50% of Afghan girls are married or engaged by 12. Public stoning is still widely considered an appropriate reaction to adultery, and women are forced by the State to undergo vaginal exams to check the legitimacy of their virginity.
But the Social Justice Warrior isn’t very concerned about any of that.
Words, apparently, become more painful than rocks when you can comfortably blog about emotional scars created when some guy “slut shamed” you in a nightclub for wearing a miniskirt. (We get it. Somehow, resolving your emotional state will be a huge leap for women’s rights. We just don’t know how… yet.)
In Saudi Arabia, the government doesn’t say they are going to imprison and behead people who speak out against the regime. They just do it.
But that’s of no issue to the Social Justice Warrior, who lives in the cushy land of “micro-aggressions.” A place where calling a man from China a Chinaman is obviously a hate crime. And should be banned — by force — from civilized society. Whether or not the Chinaman is himself offended is not the point. According to the logic afforded by the SJW, it should be offensive to the man from China, therefore such speech should be regulated.
In North Korea, Kim Jong Un holds hundreds of thousands of innocent men and women in gulags. He’s responsible for horrific mass starvation of millions and has a firing squad on staff… you know… just in case he needs to kill whoever he wants.
But to the Social Justice Warrior (SJW), the act of taking a yoga class is a human rights violation and should be banned. Because cultural appropriation — the adoption of elements of one culture by another — is… bad (they’re pretty unclear why it’s bad, it just is) and, therefore, should not be allowed.
In all three cases of actual human rights violations, the bigot, the ignorant and the lustful of power uses State power to advance his agenda. Which is, of course, the danger of allowing the State to have so much power over the individual in the first place — you never know who will use it next. Or what they’ll do with it, despite what they promise, once they have it.
In all three instances of perceived human rights violations, the SJW wants to use this same tool of tyranny to advance its own brand of ignorance — call it Bigotry 2.0 — in order to promote “tolerance.” Completely unaware of the fact that what they are requesting is, most of the time, at the root of what they supposedly fight against.
Unfortunately for the SJW, we have a hard time taking seriously those who, despite all of the misery still present all over the world, think this is a valid grievance…
Also, as Tho Bishop pointed out on Mises.org, we’re sure that Ludwig von Mises, a Jewish man who was forced to flee his home from Aryans who saw him as racially inferior, would take issue with being told by a bunch of kids — who still enjoy some of the highest standards of living in history — to check his “white privilege.”
[An effective way to fight racism, apparently, is to first characterize people by their race.]
And once he learned of the crybully’s preferred method of social engineering — force at the gunpoint of the State — he would undoubtedly remind them of the following…
While the SJW decries the vast wealth inequality in America, we implore them to take a look, also, at the growing power disparity.
Yes, it’s true…
The average American family — year after year — keeps watching its income fall while, at the same time, prices climb. It’s also true that 45 million people in America are on food stamps. An incredible number.
And yes, at the same time, Wall Streeters, last year, earned more than ever.
But it would benefit those who speak out against such absurdities to, rather than calling for bigger government, dig deeper into the root causes of such inequalities.
They might be surprised at what they discover.
And, then, rather than championing the favored tool of oppressors — the State — as a valid means of creating change, maybe they should be in favor of limiting that power so no one can use it to oppress the people the SJWs claim to want to protect.
Worth a thought.
Managing editor, Laissez Faire Today
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