The Corner

Re: Democratic Momentum Unstoppable

Mark – One more thought on Ms. Fluke taking the center stage. She’s described in that clip as a “social justice advocate.”  Really? Is she known for advocating anything other than birth control subsidies and abortion on demand? Anything? What exactly makes her a social justice advocate, other than the fact that what she actually advocates doesn’t sound nearly as glamorous so journalists are eager to wrap it in a euphemism. 

As those who’ve read my recent book know, the use of “social justice” to paper-over leftwingery is a particular gripe of mine (though hardly mine alone). In this case it’s especially vexing because A) it’s supposed to be a neutral description and B) the term is generally understood to have religious, particularly Catholic, connotations. And yet this one woman’s fame is derived almost entirely by her determination to work against the policies of the Catholic Church. 

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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