Vol. 26, No. 2 (Summer
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.