Social Justice

In another instance of “social justice”, the Indian Supreme Court upheld the 27% quota for OBCs (Other Backward Castes) in seats in central educational institutions. The article linked to mentions that two aspects of the case received attention from the court.
“Two aspects received a fair bit of attention from the apex court. First, the mode of determination of backwardness — whether it should be caste-based or economic condition, and secondly, whether the creamy layer should be excluded or not.”
Note that the court did not bother to consider whether quotas are legitimate in the first place. The ideas of social justice – that government should step in to make sure that men get what they need (whether they deserve it or not) – are so firmly established that they don’t even get challenged.

What is Justice?

“Justice is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake the character of men as you cannot fake the character of nature…
…that every man must be judged for what he is and treated accordingly, that just as you do not pay a higher price for a rusty chunk of scrap than for a piece of shining metal, so you do not value a rotter above a hero…”

Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Social justice is the negation of justice. It demands that men be rewarded for their needs instead of their actions or their abilities. Since there is no universal standard by which the needs of men can be compared, the meaning of need defaults to a lack of ability. Who provides the rewards? It can only be the men of ability, the men who can produce the rewards. That is the obscene evil of social justice – that it punishes men for their abilities and rewards men for their incompetence.

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