Daily Archives: October 29, 2011

Measuring Justice

I haven’t read it all yet, but this report( SGI11_Social_Justice_OECD ) on OECD nations is intriguing, largely because it attempts to establish a “social justice index”– the kind of metric that most policy think tanks in the US would never even consider. In fact, the term “social justice” is red meat to the political right, for whom it signifies something like communism. Such distortions ought not to detain us, however. The larger issue concerns the fact that the way we conceive of problems (objects of study) shapes the solutions we arrive at. As one of my teachers once said, “To ask the question is to answer it.”

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