There is, in Western society and culture today, a prevalent and predominant fundamentalist orthodoxy for a certain definition of social justice. It may or may not be trtuly just, if there be an objective standard for that. In fact, it’s likely not to be because definitions of justice held by social and political tendencies that predominate in a society or culture tend not to be just simply because they predominate.
Its influence is authoritative in society, its exponents and adherants are in control, in charge and in power so they have much invested in staying that way and this will often conflict with any wish to be objectively just. They may also be a successful revolutionary movement – and likely are, most predominating tendencies began as revolutionary movements – but they are now, for all intents and purposes, the ruling party, as it were, and no longer a revolutionary movement. They are now the reaction, reinventing, or having long since the revolution reinvented, tyranny, perhaps identical or near identical to the one they overthrew.
The adherents to and exponents of the prevalent, dominant tendency of society are therefore not of a revolutionary personality type anymore but of a very conservative, authoritarian personality. It no longer requires courage of convictions to adhere to it or to expound it. It’s no longer the type who is willing to challenge authority and risk censure for truth, freedom and justice, that wants to free itself and the world from tyranny and that wants freedom and tolerance for all. It’s now no longer the courageous, tolerant and idealistic who join.
It is now the conservative, authoritarian and most “unrevolutionary” personality who adheres to and expounds the tendency, that wants to maintain authority and the status quo and wants to stop and suppress challenges to it and that fears freedom and tolerance. All coeards and bullies now join.
So it is with Leftist tendencies in the Western World today. In the United States, because of its “exceptionalism”, only the cultural Left prevails, the Left does not have influence in the political economy. The is is less true – but not entirely untrue – in other Western societies (“Western societies” here means the United States, Western Europe, Australia). It is still radical and revolutionary, and thus still requires courage to rxpou d socialism in the West (and, no doubt, even more so in Eastern Europe where what was misnomered “communism” or “socialism” due to Lenin’s innovative “revolutionary” strategy or what has been called his revisionism of Marxism).