From the moment man was removed from Eden, God gave laws for man to follow. What started with Adam was added to with Noah called the Noahide laws. Not until Moses were new laws given to the Israelites, specifically for the Israelites. Gentiles remained, and continue to remain, under the Noahide laws, unlike the tribes of Israel.
There are some similarities under both laws to show there are no exceptions to murder, worship any God besides God, etc. Everyone, regardless of who they are or what their title happens to be is beholden to either the laws of Noah or Moses. Jews and Gentiles alike are expected to follow the laws placed for them by God.
Merriam-Webster has several definitions for justice, including, “conformity to truth, fact, or reason.” Not one definition provided has anything close to something that is not based on equality under the law. For there to be justice, as defined by the very word, it can only be based on equality, as God intends.
Social justice is not the same as justice, since it is not based on equality under the law. Dictionary.com provides a single definition for social justice. “Fair treatment of all people in a society, including respect for the rights of minorities and equitable distribution of resources among members of a community.”
Social justice is, by definition, the movement towards socialism, which is not based on equality under the law. The Democratic Socialists of America, under a section titled “What is Democratic Socialism,” social justice is included. “It is precisely our socialist vision that informs and inspires our day-to-day activism for social justice. As socialists, we bring a sense of the interdependence of all struggles for justice.”
The Communist Party USA also includes social justice as an important part of their aims. The CPUSA Program, according to their site, is, “The Road to Socialism USA is the Program of the Communist Party USA, adopted in 2005 and updated by our 100th Anniversary Convention in 2019 in Chicago. It offers our view of the path from the struggles of the present all the way to socialism, a strategy of struggle, unity, reform, and revolution.”
Included in the Program is, “The peace front consists of overwhelming world public opinion against war and for peaceful solutions, along with organized peace and social justice movements working directly to accomplish these aims.” This is an organization who speaks of revolution as a means to achieve their ends, which does include social justice.
Whenever socialists come to power, any sense of justice as it is defined, ceases to exist. Socialism is not based on equality under the law, since it does not view all people as equal. Class warfare cannot exist without class enemies, rather than equal status of any kind. It is about the rising up of the oppressed over the oppressor.
When socialists come to power, law is seen as a weapon to be wielded, rather than a shield of equal defense, as the courts as Venezuela has proven. According to Insight Crime, by 2013, Venezuela’s justice system was the worst in the world.
According to Gain Integrity, in 2020, they remain the most corrupt legal system in the world. “Businesses dealing with the Venezuelan judiciary face high corruption risks. The institution is ranked by Venezuelans as among the most corrupt institutions. Furthermore, the courts lack independence and are highly politicized.”
Venezuela is the most recent example of what happens to justice when socialists come to power in any country. The Soviet Union’s NKVD, under Stalin, was run by Lavrenty Beria, second only to Stalin in spreading fear by the mere mention of his name. According to the Oxford Eagle, “Lavrentiy Beria, the most ruthless and longest-serving secret police chief in Joseph Stalin’s reign of terror in Russia and Eastern Europe, bragged that he could prove criminal conduct on anyone, even the innocent… “Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime” was Beria’s infamous boast.”
Every socialist nation that has come up between the rise of the Soviets and Venezuela, has had similar court systems, where there is no equal justice under the law. Courts play to their favored status of what is best for the state, not the law. Party members are given preferential treatment over those who are not members.
Kristian Niemietz, head of Political Economy at the Institute of Economic Affairs, wrote an article that appeared in CAPX called, You can’t argue against socialism’s 100 per cent record of failure, in which she accurately points out something that happens every time. “No one may set out to curb democracy and human rights, but every socialist country has done so.”
Those human rights abuses occur as a direct result of what happens to the courts and lack of equal justice that arises every time. Socialism is the movement away from God in favor of the state, which means those laws God intends us to live under equally are lost every time. The pursuit to better humanity at all costs always comes with the greatest of costs to humanity.
Equal justice under the law should be among the highest values sought in any nation. None should be held to different standards under the law, since God is the ultimate judge. As Sefer Tehillim (Book of Psalms) 50:6 so elegantly puts it, “Then the heavens proclaimed His Righteousness, for He is a God who judges.”