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Collectivizing Virtue: The neo-Marxist scourge of political relativism

To qualify virtue is to collectivize it. Thus, it becomes not a virtue, but a prison for the individual; an evil; a tyranny; a siren song for the immutable socialist desire for the abject destruction of the Self. Qualified virtue is only virtuous when it conforms to collectivist identity politics. It has no meaning, in other words, beyond the imperious authority of those who determine the plenary worth of human beings according to group identity, which is about as callow and subjective a marker as can be devised. But no one has or will ever accuse the socialists of being ethically or politically imaginative: “White man, bad. Brown man, good.”—which has a “Me, Tarzan. You, Jane,” sort of ring to it—is pretty much the extent of things. And this is intentional. The more remedial your ethics and your politics, the easier it is to get people to murder for them.

An example of qualifying virtue is the Western neo-Marxist political trope of “social justice”. You see, to claim distinct versions of a broad, and I would argue, a priori, virtue like Justice is of course to divide it…to make it mutually exclusive of itself. There is no such thing as justice qua justice. It ceases to be foundational to human existence, itself, but merely a cursory function of polictics. For example, in today’s neo-Marxist politics of the left, justice isn’t really justice until after its been qualified according to one’s collective identity based primarily on race. Justice is a function of politics, you see, not the other way around. Justice is soley determined by those who claim the authority to decide who is virtuous and who is not according to skin color (and to a marginally lesser extent, their sexual orientation and their religion; their IQ, gender identity, and even in some cases their weight—“fat shaming” being a modern, neo-Marxist imprecation leveled against anyone who dares assert that being overweight is in general neither healthy nor attractive…which, it isn’t).

It is completely mendacious—entirely politically self-serving—to claim that there is a meaningful distinction between justice for the individual and social (collectivized) justice. Justice is an ethical premise, and thus is rooted in the individual, not in categories of individuals, In other words, it begins and ends with the individual—with the Self—and applies thus to groups only insofar as they are groups of individuals. To collectivize justice then is to cut out the individual entirely from its scope and influence and turn it into a political weapon. Trust me, when any white, cisgendered man who doesn’t have some kind of “in” with the politcal left (as a hedge against the “original sin” of his being born white and straight) hears the words “social justice” he knows he’s in trouble. He knows that it means the opposite of justice for him. It means that justice is nothing more than a scapegoating of his race and sexuality and a call for his destruction. This makes justice, as far as it can apply to him, an existential threat and totally evil. He knows that a justice which declares him existentially unjust because he happens to have been born white and straight is an entirely subjective version of the virtue and cannot possibly, under any circumstance, be actually just. “Justice” in the contextual, collectivized, and socialist sense is nothing more than another terrible and terrorizing political irony, like “equality” or “compassion” or “gun control”.  But don’t let yourself be fooled. This impostor of justice known as “social justice” serves no one, regardless of whatever arbitrary collective identity one happens to possess. It is merely another iteration of political propaganda meant to lure humanity into the clutches of an authoritarian ruling class. No one is safe. You can tell yourself all you want that the white man is finally getting his comeuppance, but it is a very tight race between all of us. The margin is razor thin. One single documented commission of wrongthink by the black man and soon he will find himself not so black after all. In other words, anyone who dares stray from the path set for them by their neo-Marxist overlords is white.

And thus we have the dirty little secret: it isn’t white people the neo-Marxists hate, its individuals. You, no matter what your color, orientation, or creed, are a threat to the ruling class on the left (and to some extent even the right…for they are both collectivists at their philosophical root). Because you think as a single, self-aware agent—as a natural, existential “I” and not a “we’—you must be utterly subordinated to the socialists who shall govern you.

Summary and conclusion:

Contextual justice, like “social justice”, is like contextual morality—a fundamental contradiction in terms. “Contextual justice” obligates the foundational ethical premise of Justice to a subjective standard outside itself. This contradicts justice because it means that Justice is no longer the reference for what is truly just. The reference for justice becomes the capricious political category of “group identity”, which strips individuality and thus individual will and action from the virtue of Justice entirely, and makes how one is or is not declared just merely a function of whatever group into which the politcal ruling authority has placed him. Justice then no longer serves the individual but the ruling class—who in turn serve only themselves by appealing to some absolute, yet abstract, transcendent, and ethereal Collective Ideal of which they represent the earthly incarnation. The ruling authority decides who has existential value and requisitely metes out “justice” simply on the basis of what color someone happens to be, or how much money they make, or what sexual partners they prefer, or what religion they are, and so on.

To qualify virtue, like “Justice”, is to pit it against itself, and this necessarily enslaves man, the individual, to the subjective, contextual, collectivist reference by which virtue is now to be measured. Man no longer has a natural birthright to justice but instead finds himself enslaved to some fickle collectivist brand of it.

For the neo-Marxists on the left, the key it seems to delivering justice is to implicitly deny that real Justice actually exists at all.