Social Justice vs. Poetic Justice

Social justice is capricious and requires force. Poetic Justice is reality applied to ideas and action.

While the social justice warrior needs intimidation backed by force to satisfy their immediate demands, the poetic justice warrior is patient and peaceful. The poetic justice warrior engages her capacity for reason, develops a purpose for her life, and is confident in her abilities. Here we express gratitude for those who forge life-fulfilling progress in economics, science, business, politics, and the arts – the Poetic Justice Warriors.

Are you a Poetic Justice Warrior? Take our quiz and find out.

What Makes A Poetic Justice Warrior?

Are you one of them? PJW’s are those who stand strong for:

  • Freedom

    Everyone owns their natural right to act freely according to their own judgment.

  • Productivity

    Being productive is essential to serving oneself and others.

  • Entrepreneurship

    Entrepreneurship is the activity that serves everyone best.

  • Morality

    Compassion and benevolence are natural virtues. The can’t be forced and shouldn’t be nationalized.

  • Reality

    Reality is the same for everyone. Reason is how we understand reality.

  • Rationality

    Poetic justice rewards rational behavior. It is spontaneous and organic.

  • Cooperation

    Poetic Justice Warriors focus on the economics of cooperation, not the politics of resentment.

  • Limited Government

    Faith in the American Republic as the Founding Fathers envisioned it. It’s the system of government that nurtures natural rights, productivity, entrepreneurship, compassion, and reason.

Ready To Dig Deep?

Check out these original Center for Individualism articles related to Poetic Justice Warriors:

PJW Spotlight

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: Henry Hazlitt - The Economic Conscience of Everything Western Civilization Has Achieved.

Hazlitt's greatest asset was a highly trained mind, one that he developed on his own. He summarized his work as "I’ve been preaching liberty as against coercion; I’ve been preaching capitalism as against socialism; and I’ve been preaching this doctrine in every form and with any excuse," and his fellow freedom fighters are some of the most prolific thinkers, authors, economists and activists of the 20th century.
PJW Spotlight

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: Ludwig van Beethoven - The First Rock Star and Software Pioneer Who Set the Stage for the Romantic Era

While the printing press was changing the world, printed music was new because it was more difficult to create. Also, mass produced pianos were taking hold, and Beethoven saw the possibilities for being the first software publisher for this new hardware. As first mover to reach mass audiences, Beethoven stumbled across an abstract concept that had not yet been named: capitalism. For the first time in history, large swaths of humanity would soon enjoy the comforts previously reserved for royal court.
PJW Spotlight

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: The Economics Professor Who Discovered the Only Natural Resource That Matters

The most important economic effect of population growth is the contribution of additional people to our stock of knowledge. This contribution is more than large enough to overcome the costs of population growth. The problem is not too many people, but lack of political and economic freedom. Profit is the only route to sustainability, it is up to entrepreneurs to save the world.
PJW SpotlightRoad To Serfdom

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: "How Far That Little Candle Throws 'Her' Beams! So Shines a Good Deed In a Weary World."

Our graduates have a sort of wisdom that is really rare in today’s culture. They have learned how to write clearly and eloquently. They have drawn inspiration from countless, beautiful works of literature. They have learned things in science where they can look at the world and see order and intelligibility. We don't talk about college.
PJW Spotlight

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: The Hungarian Jewish Immigrant Who Provided the Critical Mass That Inspires People Everywhere

The value to Pulitzer's donors was the concretization of one of their highest values - liberty, integrated in to a work of great art that lights the way to a future as it could and should be. From New York Harbor, Liberty gazes east and encourages people to take pride in the fact that you can do this too - through value creating capitalism.
PJW Spotlight

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: Freedom's Radicals Are Wonderful Teachers Who Promote Independent Thinking, Choices and Action.

One comparison to Freedom's Radicals is the illiteracy, mysticism and anarchy of the Dark Ages. In the modern and postmodern eras the comparisons include the human disasters known as the French Revolution, the Bolshevik Revolution and the Cuban Revolution. Freedom's Radicals today are creating disequilibrium in favor of peaceful human progress.
PJW Spotlight

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: Rational Philosophical Ideas Are The Root of Human Flourishing, Irrational Philosophy The Root Of Misery.

Philosophy is largely unappreciated. This is a shame, everyone has one. For most people, their philosophy is a random collection of slogans that have been acquired from popular culture. It is not grounded in rational core principles. The first tenet of our Manifesto alludes to the philosophical core our Poetic Justice Warriors profess – reason, purpose and pride.
PJW Spotlight

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: The Poetic Justice Warrior Society Manifesto

The Poetic Justice Warrior Society exists to promote the innate talents, aspirations, and determination all human beings possess. We honor those who go before us, who inspire us with their work ethic and achievements, and who were essential in creating the lives of comfort and opportunity we enjoy today wherever capitalism is practiced. We focus on the economic way of voluntarily serving others through entrepreneurship, which is the process of converting scientific discovery into mass produced inventions that enrich the lives of everyone.
PJW Spotlight

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: The Titan Among The Enlightenment's Giants.

Benjamin Franklin was an inspiration to every strata of society. In the 18th century, it was commonly believed that aristocrats and commoners would live and die as such, but Franklin worked to erase this distinction. He was a commoner who became a wealthy self-made man, who lived a life or reason, purpose, and pride, and fought for all Americans, including the children of slaves, to be able to do the same.
PJW Spotlight

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: The Uniquely American Self-Made Man

Perhaps no one in American history has a better claim to the title self-made man than the one who escaped from slavery to become one of the America's greatest anti-slavery activists, and an author, lecturer, and diplomat. Frederick Douglass never urged black Americans to enlist out of service to their country. They owed the country nothing. To Douglass, the United States owed black Americans the right to fight.
PJW Spotlight

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: The Classical Roman Consul Who Inspired America's Classical Liberal Constitution

After four months of debate and compromise in the 1787 sweltering heat of Independence Hall, Publius published 77 essays in New York City newspapers to sell Americans on the idea of ratifying the new Constitution. It is the most enduring achievement of the Enlightenment, and under its decentralized structure, it has proven itself to be the example for human flourishing throughout the world.
PJW Spotlight

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: The Father of Classical Liberalism Whose Ideas Are Inscribed In Our Souls

John Locke had a precise sense of what political freedom means. Natural law dictates that no one can be legitimately subject to the will of another person or group of people. Through reason, Locke proved that no one is born to serve or rule. Legitimate government protects these rights, and is created by the consent of the governed. As the Enlightenment flowered in the 18th century because of modern science and maritime trade, Locke's sense of natural law was enshrined in America's Declaration of Independence.
PJW Spotlight

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: The Dominican Friar Who Introduced the Western World to Western Civilization.

St. Thomas Aquinas combined the classical Greek ideal of reason with the Christian ideal of equality to usher the Catholic Church, and humanity, into the Age of Reason. Metaphorically, he invented water - what we know as the Western ideals of personal liberty, self-reliance, invention, tolerance, and limited government. The ensuing prosperity from human creativity is Poetic Justice.
PJW Spotlight

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: The Diminuitive Russian Emigre Who is America's Greatest Defender

Ayn Rand is one of the most admired and reviled characters in 20th century literature. Her magnum opus novel, Atlas Shrugged was panned by conservatives and progressives alike, yet it had something for everyone. A strong female lead character, a pollution free motor, heroic characters, good and evil, a love story, and a thriller. It was a manifesto for Man's right to life, liberty and property - capitalism. A modern epic tale of America's Declaration of Independence, a prophecy of a dystopian future, and the recipe to avoid what actually happened to her native Russia.
PJW Spotlight

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: The Relentless Innovator in Childhood Education Who Inspires Teachers Worldwide

"The most important period of life is from birth to age six." This quote from Maria Montessori underscores how essential it is for a young child to have engaged parents who live a life of reason, purpose, and pride. Our government schools and public universities are graduating too many future parents who have never heard of this, and eventually rely on these same schools to also act as parents. It has been going on for 50 years. It has to end.
PJW Spotlight

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: A Former Slave's Determination to Transcend Politics with Philosophy and Economics in the Jim Crow South

Booker T. Washington was an advisor to Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Taft, his autobiography, Up From Slavery, was a national bestseller, his Tuskegee University producers scientists such as George Washington Carver, and with Andrew Carnegie, he founded America's first national business network. However is story is largely unknown as its been ignored by progressive public education establishment because Booker was a champion of individualism.
PJW Spotlight

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: The Individual Mind Behind the Swedish Economic Miracle

The Swedish country parson, Anders Chydenius, is a relatively unknown giant among Enlightenment philosophers, economists, and inventors. His ideas written in the 1765 pamphlet, The National Gain, fueled the Swedish economic miracle from 1850-1950, and predated Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations. Thanks to Chydenius, Sweden was the first country in the world to adopt freedom of the press, 25 years before America's 1st Amendment, cementing economic freedom and political freedom as the co-dependent variables for human flourishing.
PJW Spotlighttuttle twins books

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: The Entrepeneur Who Is Teaching Today's Children And Parents The Economic Way.

In our postmodern culture, the political way has a monopoly on the minds of our youngest thinkers. Connor Boyack is fighting back and reclaiming elementary education for parents, and the teachers of their children, to teach the economic way. The goal is to arm active young minds with the distinction between persuasion and coercion, self-reliance vs. dependence, and how to win their own futures.
PJW Spotlight

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: Jean-Baptiste Say - The Supply Side Economist Who Wrote the Textbook for Today's Entrepreneur.

Say invented the term "entrepreneur". He advocated for the role of the producer, because producers create markets. If we all devoted more of our energies to the production of goods and services that others find valuable, rather than to our own consumption, we'd drive the market system to even higher levels of betterment for all. "Pick Up The Torch Of Say's Law!"
PJW Spotlight

Poetic Justice Warrior Spotlight: Social Justice Begets Poetic Justice - Be Careful What You Wish For.

Poetic justice rewards virtue and punishes vice. It's a spontaneous force of nature. Social justice punishes virtue in order to equalize outcomes. The thinking is that reality is different for everyone. It turns out that real inequality is in the sharing of risk. The loudest proponents of social justice are the ones who do not bear the burden of their risky ideas.
Write for CFI