Social Justice Worshipers (Episode 11)

This podcast remains one of our favorite podcast episodes. We explore the odd parallels between the postmodern “social justice” beliefs system and traditional religion. There are many. 

The Social Justice Movement isn’t new, although the modern day incarnation of it is certainly thought provoking. Its adherents are known as Social Justice Warriors. Much ink has been spilled on the movement, and many make a living pontificating on it. It shapes elections, moves markets, and is fast becoming the linchpin of the secular belief system. What drives the social justice movement, though, is not simple to parse. We suggest it might just be religious thinking. In that sense, it isn’t so much a social justice movement as much as a postmodern religion with a faith in social justice.

Along the way, we visit black swans, epistemology, and the subjective nonsense of facts and “alternative facts.” We explore how people form their beliefs, which is important – and sink our teeth into the difference between faith and love. Ultimately, faith is a poor substitute for love. And social justice is built on faith.

Our discussion takes us to Popper, Taleb, Wittgenstein, Tertullian, and Sartre. Not a bad lineup, unless its for a rock band.

We also detour into language, and antisemitism. At the end, we come to highlight the difference between staying true to your beliefs and wanting to be proven wrong. Faith is about staying true to something, after all. Those who love, want to be proven wrong – that is the only way to eventually find what is right. 

The Jewish story, when all is said and done, is one of love. The Shema prayer, taken as a declaration of faith, is actually the commandment to love G-d. To be a Jew is not a matter of faith – but it is very much a matter or love: Love of G-d, love of the Jewish people, love of the world, love of Life itself. 

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