Over at Crooked Timber John Holbo has started reading Erik Olin Wright's Envisioning Real Utopias and refers to the book at length in a new article about the term "social justice."
Normally I would say it is a bad idea to drop a term just because someone like Glenn Beck gets everyone wound up about it. But I tend to think "social justice" just means justice. Of course people have different ideas about what justice is, but "social justice" doesn't really express those differences. It's vaguely associated with 1960's-style stuff and socialism, but not in a way that sheds any light. Not in a way that really says anything.
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