Social justice should not, by definition, encourage or enable antisocial behavior. So if you’re advocating something that breaks down the family, like promiscuity or quickie divorce, it isn’t social justice. If you’re advocating something like open borders that threatens to destabilize a relatively stable nation while leaving unstable nations to remain upended, it isn’t social justice. Even if you’re advocating something that makes homelessness more comfortable without actually putting people in homes, it really isn’t social justice.
Society is built on common bonds. At the heart of every healthy society are healthy families, and typically not just the nuclear kind but the extended family that becomes its own sort of quasi-governmental unit providing upbringing and culture and connection. These families cluster to make up communities and those communities cluster to make up nations.
Diversity, by definition, cannot be the basis of a community. To claim that differences can be what hold us together is simply a contradiction. Every community has differences, because everybody is different from the next guy, but what makes it a community is what’s held in common.
That doesn’t mean there can’t, in theory at least, be a multicultural community. It simply means that a multicultural community has to hold something in common. A piece of land isn’t enough. I suspect most people from the former Yugoslavia also would tell you that a socialist government micromanaging society also isn’t enough. It’s got to be some sort of cultural bond (cultural bonds that popular culture can’t provide because popular culture isn’t culture). What few examples of successful multicultural nations that I’m aware of seem to look very different from the left-wing utopia currently being pursued in North America and Europe. They tend to incorporate fewer cultures, those cultures tend to have regional affinities in common, and they tend to exist within strict boundaries that leftists would consider segregation or ghetto and with ingrained differences that only harden over time.
Social justice has become an abused phrase that is more likely to mean the opposite of social justice. Multiculturalism is only one example. Homelessness might be another.
We say that society owes something to the homeless, but rarely are we allowed to say the homeless owe something to society. If we can make a law that says you must have health insurance then certainly we can make a law that says you must have someplace to live. If you can’t manage it on your own, with help from your family, friends or some benevolent institution willing to take you on, then you’re causing a social problem. At this point, why can’t the burdened society take a look at your situation and prescribe a remedy? If you’re an addict, mandatory rehab. If you’re mentally ill, mandatory treatment. If that doesn’t do the trick, a mandatory roof over your head, maybe something similar to the old poor farms.
Now at this point, I imagine the more rational of social justice advocates (if they haven’t fainted or clicked away) will point out that a society that causes its own social problems needs to look at root causes of things like homelessness, and not just blame the victim. They’re right, but the process for looking at root causes has long since been hijacked in America, and rare is the social problem that we’re capable of really parsing.
I fall into the camp that believes corporate America and big-government America are more or less synonyms, and there’s really no escaping it. Republicans think they just need to free up corporate America from government intervention and things will flourish. Democrats think they just need to regulate corporations into oblivion and societal glee will ensue. Neither of these things will happen, and neither of them will work, because capitalism is what funds socialism and socialism is what covers up capitalism’s inadequacies.
Social justice, in any real sense, must be social. And that means connections like family and community, old-fashioned things that leftists fought long and hard to undermine and conservatives have only paid lip service to.