'Social justice' is not ideal - Catholic Courier

‘Social justice’ is not ideal

To the editor:

Father McBrien’s column “Katrina and social justice” in the October Courier states “‚Ķ an immoral tax policy ‚Ķ designed to starve the ‘beast of government’ ‚Ķ violates the principle of social justice‚Ķ” However, James V. Schall, SJ, a political science lecturer at Georgetown University, observes “’Social justice’ can be a dangerous phrase ‚ĶTo conceive justice as an ideal set of institutions ‚Ķ so that everyone is taken care of is a latent form of totalitarianism‚Ķ” and “obviates any real relation ‚Äì be it of justice, charity or friendship — of one person or another” (Crisis, October 2005).

The reduction of marginal income tax rates permits workers to retain more of their own justly earned income and is, therefore, neither immoral nor a “tax giveaway.” Counter-intuitively, because a reduction of marginal tax rates stimulates employment, the result is increased tax revenue available for the exercise of prudential judgment regarding governmental priorities including the “most vulnerable.”

The progeny of the “beast of government” is godless amoral education, the termination of innocent human life, social programs destructive of the family, the attempted validation of same sex marriage and the depersonalization of thousands by transforming them into permanent dependents of the state.

Ronald J. Buttarazzi

West Church Street


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