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.

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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.

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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.
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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!"
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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.
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