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JSPES, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Summer 2001 )
pp. 487-501

The Limits of Social Justice

Miles D. Wolpin

Egalitarians and deconstructionist multiculturalists have monopolized such symbolic slogans as "social justice." While biological, behavioral and public policy oriented empirical research has impugned many of their assumptions, there are good reasons not to anticipate a collapse of this movement in the short run. Furthermore, resistance to empirical anomalies also afflicts right of center tendencies in varying degree. Recognizing this as well as the few insights of their protagonists may enable conservatives to recapture the "social justice" high ground premised upon not only defense of one's unique cultural heritage but also by proportionately rewarding meritorious contributions to community well-being.