howey wrote:Sorry for not replying promptly, I have been away in a remote location for work, and haven't had the ability to access the web. Enigma basically describes social justice as I see it, although I don't count myself as a proponent of socialist/communist "equal for all" philosophy. My position, which I readily admit is left of centre, is more that some aspects of a civilised society are measured not just by dollars and cents......
Howie, I would agree with that. Its not so much that one side is more fair than the other. It has to do mostly with what is thought by those on both sides to be fair...... And how each goes about it.
The more left oriented a person is philosophically and politically, the more they tend to think of 'fair' in terms of equal outcomes, whilst relying on government to step in and 'level the playing field' for those less fortunate.
And the more right of center a person is, the more they think of 'fair' in terms of equal opportunity without consideration of 'leveling the playing field' to skew results one way or the other. Government should play no role.
Most of us fall somewhere between those extremes and as you suggest, there are those who genuinely need assistance and anyone of good heart will not deny them that.
In such instances, those left oriented will look to government to help the truly needy...... Whilst those right oriented will either take it on themselves to help them, or will accomplish this through charitable contributions to private secular or religious organizations which help the needy.