The Religion of Social Justice, Part I: Political Correctness as Faith
Leaders and politicians of the past were comfortable using the power the church had over parishioners to cow people into acting the way they wanted them to. With the support of the church, the leaders and aristocracy of the past were able to assuage the opinions of the lower classes. This model has run into a wall lately in the West in ways it hasn’t elsewhere. In Muslim countries, for instance, Islam is intimately wrapped up with politics and fear in such a way where straying from the status quo may even result in death when the state executes apostates or parents kill their disobedient children. The recent trend of secularization of the populace in the West has led to an uncomfortable quandary for those seeking jealously to command the same level of control over people as seen in Eastern countries. Until recently, the answer eluded politicians. Now the solution is clear. Political correctness is the new religion.Millennials are the first generation in the West to be comprised largely of atheists. That is, many are functionally atheistic having never been exposed to religion by their family and there are those that came to atheism after contemplation and study. That issue that has come from the “faith vacuum” is that many people who are functionally atheistic are the kinds of people who would have been religious in the past; they require a kind of faith to fill the void in their lives formerly filled by religion.
There are people who now operate in the fashion of religious zealots under the banner of something they call Social Justice. The idea behind Social Justice is that an individual born with privilege (Original Sin) may purify themselves by repenting to the ingroup for the sin of being born. The amount of privilege a person has is dependent on race and gender. In a hierarchy known as the Progressive Stack, they seek to uplift or denigrate people based on their race and gender where the amount of power one has is directly correlated to the person’s perceived victimhood. For example, a white European person is perceived on the basis of their race alone to be an oppressor who will always be superior to others simply because of the race in which they were born; whites supposedly have the least power in the Social Justice hierarchy because they are believed to live life without oppression and victimhood is the currency. Conversely, black people are seen as being on the top of the victimhood hierarchy because they believe that they are eternal victims who will always be weaker compared to the other races and that they cannot compete at the same level of whites simply because they were born black.
If this is starting to look like a racist apartheid style system you would be right; it’s an ideology entirely built on the superficial in an attempt to simplify their world view by reliably providing monsters that are clear to see based on their race and poor weak helpless victims that need to be protected at all costs by benevolent Social Justice “Warriors”. They have "progressed" their way all the way back into apartheid even going as far as to demand separate dorms on college campuses for black students claiming that they need a separate space to be safe from white people and have even succeeded in convincing California State Universities to give in to their demands. The KKK would have envied their ability to poorly reason their way back into Jim Crow.
In practice, the religion of Social Justice strips agency away from people by shoving them into categories based on a Calvinist view of the world where people are perpetually linked to their racial category above all other aspects of individuality. By grouping one race as an eternal oppressor it creates a guilt complex where the adherents are able to be easily taken advantage of as they seek to atone for sins they never committed. On the other hand, labeling a race as a permanent victim class creates an atmosphere where the adherents believe that any endeavor is likely to end in failure because they are living under the oppression of a shadowy racist system bent on their destruction. Recent events have shown that this has led to widespread violence as people believing themselves to be eternal victims sought revenge on people that had no idea they were supposed to be playing the role of the evil overlords with people being attacked and beaten to death in the streets, women raped and told it is revenge for oppression, and police officers of all races being ambushed and shot to death by radicals seeking to start a revolution against a racial caste system that doesn’t even exist. The worst thing a child can be told is that they can never achieve something to the level of their abilities simply because of their race. These are just some of the ways this new religion has positioned itself among other religions in terms of strict dogma, punishment for apostasy, and the application of terrorism.
While the religion of Social Justice has its roots in academia, its current success may be linked directly to the trend of Identity Politics. In order to garner political support in the United States, the main parties have found it useful to garner support for their candidates based on the criteria of race and sexual orientation. It’s far easier to police people’s political persuasion based on easily identifiable characterizes rather than the content of their thoughts or their individual moral leanings. In this way, the political establishment has been able to force ethnic groups and gay Americans to vote a certain way based solely on their ability to appeal to people on the basis of their race and sexuality. Gays, Blacks, students, young women, and Latin Americans are taken for granted by Democrats as dependable votes in relatively recent elections. Devout christians (all races), small business owners, married couples, white men, Cubans, Indians, and Asian immigrants are taken for granted as a reliable Republican voter base.
By chasing demographics with targeted legislation of platform messaging, these two parties were able to create a situation where people are so divided that they will police themselves by shaming each other into getting back in line with their artificial categorization. Rather than following the party that would best align with their vision for their community and country, people are relegated to follow the lead of their ethnic group or on the basis of whom they choose to love. People straying from their predetermined voting block are shunned as traitors, uncle toms, and other degrading terms as a way of introducing shame into the equation; a powerful spur to conformity.
The rise of Identity Politics made it far easier for the kinds of people that enjoy tormenting or hurting others to take advantage of preconceived divisions in society. Whereas highly controlling people used to gravitate towards the priestly class of all religions past and present, they now take on the role of priest in the Social Justice movement where they can attack and destroy people from on high under the guise of moral superiority. If a person has cruelty and greed in their heart, the promise to do harm to others by wielding morality like a club is an alluring one. Whereas a priest would point out apostates and sinners from the pulpit, the current priestly class of Social Justice uses the mass/alternative/social media and blogs to organize the harassment of people they deem existentially threatening or uncouth. They try to destroy people’s careers for using words they deem outdated. They harass the creative industry into acting in a way that differs from their original vision whatever that may be because the essence of harassment is the feeling of power. They want to feel that they have power over others and because of this it is impossible to satiate them by giving in to their demands.
There is no end game. The adherents of Social Justice want people to fear their own opinions or even private conversation because of the threat of harassment and having their livelihoods destroyed. An example of a classic attack by Social Justice “warriors” is to organize a relentless smear campaign in an attempt to get an offender fired from their job and blacklisted; essentially they try to ruin people’s lives for even the smallest of infractions. Because they hunt for people to burn at the stake, no one is safe from them. A low level employee of a publicly traded company can become the target of their wroth simply by citing his preference for women who are in good shape. The Social Justice “warriors” will target the employer with a very public smear campaign demanding an apology. If the employer relents and offers an apology, they will demand that the employee is fired. If the employer relents to this, the Social Justice “warriors” will make even more demands because in the end it’s all about power and the way people like these feel they can attain power is by forcing those with influence to submit to their demands. Companies fearing for their public image are often confused while being bombarded in this way on social media and on the telephone as this can give the false impression that the attack is happening organically and due to actual public outrage. Giving an inch to zealots like this is the biggest mistake someone can make when confronted by this kind of vile hatred. Refusing to bend the knee and submit to people who are, at their core, trying to hurt others will cause them to lose interest when they see their plans fail. They treat people like filth and it’s incumbent upon strong men and women to stand up to Social Justice “warriors” who bully teenagers into suicide or browbeat entrepreneurs and artists into sacrificing their integrity.
The adherents of the religion of Social Justice are insatiable because most of them don’t actually care about the “cause” they have aligned themselves with. They want the opportunity to treat other people horribly while hiding behind a veil of righteous indignation. They are people that would have traditionally been religious if they were brought up to be so and this has made them susceptible to a new kind of faith steeped in absolute conformity and fire. They are trying to follow what they deem to be a higher purpose in life because there was no other alternative thrust into their face the way political correctness and social justice were.