What does social justice even mean?

The term social justice is one of those terms that seems to have as many meanings as people advocating for it. I feel as though if I asked ten people what social justice means, I’d get ten different answers.

That’s not good.

When I look up the term in the dictionary, I get a definition that at best is squishy and can mean just about anything. It reads justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.

Huh?

The Pachamama Alliance, a non-profit group that works with the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest, defines social justice as the equal distribution of resources and opportunities, in which outside factors that categorize people are irrelevant.

The equal distribution of resources sounds an awful lot like communism.

Because the term social justice is so poorly defined, I feel as though I have no other choice than to define the term by basing the definition on the actions of the people claiming to be advocates for social justice. I’d rather not do that. I feel it will almost certainly give faulty data.

Just because someone is fighting for social justice doesn’t mean even they know what it means.

What does social justice even mean? - Bent Corner

From what I can gather, to be for social justice means you are against equal opportunity and you are instead for equal outcome. It’s not enough that everyone, no matter their race, sex, religion, or national origin, have the same opportunities, they should have the same outcome.

These are two different things entirely.

For example, it’s not enough that a person of a minority class is given the opportunity to interview for a job along with non-minority applicants, they should be awarded the job outright because of their minority status. This would make sure there’s an equal outcome. This is something social justice seems to advocate.

What does social justice even mean? - Bent Corner

It’s with this fact in mind that I cannot ever see myself being a social justice advocate. Although I’m against racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination, I believe in equal opportunity, not equal outcome. I no more believe a gay woman should be given a job because she is a gay woman than I believe a white straight male should be given a job because he is a white straight male.

Both scenarios are wrong.

There is a new Superman and he is Chinese

I haven’t been following what’s going on in the world of comic books these days, especially superhero comic books. Movies have taken the place of actual comic books when it comes to superhero storytelling.

It would seem that I’ve been missing a lot. For instance, Superman is now Chinese.

There is a new Superman and he is Chinese - Bent Corner
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It appears from the cover art that not only is Superman now Chinese; he is Communist Chinese. His uniform is red and features the stars from the Communist China flag. Even when Superman was a Kryptonian- American, he didn’t go around wearing parts of the American flag as a uniform.

There is a new Superman and he is Chinese - Bent Corner
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This isn’t the first time Superman has been portrayed as a godless Communist. The 3-issue Elseworlds miniseries Red Son told the story of what would have happened if baby Superman’s spaceship had landed in the Ukraine instead of Kansas and he was raised in the Soviet Union. It came out over ten years ago, and I haven’t read it since. I remember enjoying it. I thought it was an interesting premise.

This new Chinese Superman doesn’t look quite so interesting. In fact, it looks quite bad. The artwork looks cheesy and just ugly. I wouldn’t pay three dollars to read it, although I would probably pay three dollars not to read it.

When it comes to reading comics, you’ll have a much more satisfying experience reading older stuff. Avoid any of the material produced in the last five years. DC Comics and Marvel have been putting out a lot of social justice warrior friendly junk lately. Marvel has been especially bad. Thor is now a woman. Ms. Marvel is now a Muslim. The good news is that they both publishers have such an extensive back catalog of work, it doesn’t really matter. You can just ignore the new stuff and go back and read the older material.

Or wait for the movie.

Fidel Castro is dead and that makes me happy

Long-time Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died Friday, November 25, 2016. He was 90 years old.

Fidel Castro was a terrible human being. Not only was he a Communist, but he was also a chronic human rights abuser, responsible for the death of thousands of his people. He also tried to convince the Soviet Union to initiate a first-strike nuclear attack against the United States, if the United States invaded Cuba and removed him from power.

The man was so power hungry that he would advocate a massive nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union if he were to lose power. What a dick.

If Fidel Castro provided anything positive, it was that he made for a great litmus test for rooting out assholes. Show me someone who said anything even remotely positive about Fidel Castro, and I’ll show you someone who is either ignorant of history or someone who is purposely trying to be an asshole.

For example, take a look at Twitter:

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ESPN has since deleted their tweet about the sports-loving murderous tyrant.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had this to say about the dead tyrant:

Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.

While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”.

I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.

On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.

Dedication and love for the Cuban people? Were the thousands of Cubans Fidel Castro had thrown into prison or executed, for political reasons, not people? Justin Trudeau is an idiot.

I’m glad Fidel Castro is dead. Not only Cuba, but the world is a much better place without him in it. Too bad to took this long for him to take his rightful place in Hell next to Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Robert E. Lee.

Stalin’s Order Number 270

I’ve been listening to a really fantastic history podcast, Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History. The most recent episode is Ghosts of the Ostfront II. It is the second part of a show that deals with what the Russians refer to as The Great Patriotic War, the theatre of war between the German Third Reich and the old Soviet Union during World War Two.

I learned something I had never heard of before, something called Order No. 270.

At the onset of war between Germany and the Soviets, German troops, thanks to their blitzkrieg tactics, were making great strides deep into the Soviet Union. Large groups of Soviet soldiers were simply giving up and surrendering to the advancing Germans without putting up much of a fight.

On August 16, 1941, Joseph Stalin issued Order No. 270. It stated that any Soviet soldier that willingly surrendered to the Germans would be considered a “malicious deserter”.  Their family would be arrested as a family of an “oath breaker” and betrayer of the Motherland. Soviet soldiers that found themselves encircled by German soldiers were to fight to the death or to try to reach their own lines. Those who chose to be captured instead of escaping or committing suicide were to be killed if at all possible.  Family members of Soviet soldiers captured by the Germans would be totally cut off from all state allowances and assistance.

How completely crazy is this? Could you imagine if a soldier in Iraq was captured by insurgents and his or her family back home was rounded up by the FBI and thrown into jail?

Talk about not supporting the troops.