In the latest issue of The American Spectator , Jonathan Witt issues a reminder that business, justice, and the Gospel are already “social” :
The adjective that economist Friedrich Hayek famously called a “weasel word” is alive and well in the feel-good phrases social business , social justice and the social gospel.
In all three of these phrases, the common weasel word sucks some of the essential meaning out of what it modifies by implying that business, justice, and the Christian Gospel are a-social, or even anti-social, until conjoined with a mysterious something else. If only the confusion were of merely academic interest. Unfortunately, the failure to see that business, justice and the Gospel are intrinsically social has led to all kinds of mischief in people’s efforts to organize society — most recently in the Circle of Protection promoted by Jim Wallis and his friends on the left.
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(Via: Acton Institute Powerblog )