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SJWiki wishes to document, explain, and through this offer support to any activism that is part of the greater social justice movement, e.g., feminism, the LGBT movement, anti-fascism, the civil rights movement, the queer movement, no borders and migrant solidarity movements, the trans movement, the fat acceptance movement, the body positive movement, and so on. By the same token, we want to debunk, document, and provide commentary on reactionary movements, that work to corrode or derail advancements in social justice.
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|“||Circumstances such as where a person is born, where they live or their gender and ethnicity should never determine their income or their opportunities for quality education, basic healthcare, decent work, adequate shelter, access to drinking water, political participation or living free from threatened, or actual, physical violence.||”|
Rawls sets his theory of justice against the utilitarian tradition of justice. When Rawls uses the word "justice", he means social justice. He argues that the traditional theory of utilitarianism proposed by John Stuart Mill and Jeremy Bentham "the greatest good for the greatest number of people" is the theory that is closest to our intuitive notion of justice. However, Rawls critiques this traditional form of utilitarianism in the following quote: "[utilitarianism] adopt[s] for society as a whole the principle of choice for one man.” By doing this, Rawls argues that "[utilitarianism] fails to take seriously the distinction between persons."
- John Rawls, influential political philosopher, dead at 81, by Ken Gewertz
- A Theory of Justice Rawls, ISBN:0-674-00078-1