Saturday, December 31, 2005


The purpose of this blog is not to convince you of something.  Some readers may agree with me—others may not.  All that is important is that people consider the relevant issues.  These topics should be talked about, written about, and deeply considered.  This is not a place for rhetoric.  I canceled my subscription to The Nation years ago because it read like a group of liberals patting each other on the back and having a collective chuckle.  (And if you've ever seen Katrina vanden Heuvel speak on television or in person, you might agree that she sounds like a wind-up doll of rhetoric.)  Listening to a heated debate amongst my educated colleagues is about as unpredictable as watching someone hitting a tennis ball against a wall.  Pragmatic answers do not stem from quick conclusions or sound bites, but from their underlying rationale.  If you see something that sounds like rhetoric below, please call me out on it.  The comments on this site are open to all users.  You do not need to register to post a comment.

So what do I mean by social justice?  To me, this is where the rubber hits the road for our collective social conscience.  Social conscience is perhaps a more familiar term.  It entails an individual’s concern for societal injustice.  But the concept seems too introverted and academic for what I plan to discuss in this blog.  Thus, social justice (or injustice) entails how our society treats people.  How do people of all income levels live?  Why are people where they are in our social stratification?  I truly believe that such inquiries are the responsibility of every American—from Donald Trump to the homeless guy down the block.  Here, I hope to consider these issues in old and new ways.
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