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"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"
(Martin Luther King [1])
The implication si that injustices can be linked by underlying defects in society - so campaigners against injustice will make faster progress if they work together to tackle these defects in society.


Why a website on injustice - aren't there enough campaigning websites already?

The more time that I've spent on campaigning, and the more campaigns that I've taken part in, the more I've seen the same patterns cropping up, of campaigns on vitally important issues sadly making little progress, for similar reasons. I've looked for good resources on what to do and what not to do, but I've never found what I needed.
So this is my attempt to bring together in one place the key principles.

What do we mean by injustice?

A dictionary definition is "lack of fairness or justice" [2], but the best definition is the feeling that most people experience that something is not fair. Even young children have a sense of injustice affecting others.

What are the causes?

Causes include
  • greed (deliberate and inadvertent)
  • ignorance (inadvertent)
  • Government incompetence
  • Government deceit and other abuse of power
In several sets of injustices in the UK e.g. climate change read more and covid-19, the principal causes are Government incompetence, Government deceit and other abuses of Government power.
The Government deceit and other abuses of power are so bad that we have to conclude that the UK system of government is not a democracy but a mendocracy (rule based on deceit) read more.

Why are injustices so persistent?

Because the systems that should correct them are ineffective:
  • campaigning groups - can fail to agree on what is wrong and what needs to be done
  • journalists - tend to report the establishment view
  • scientists - do not function well in a political environment

Strategies

  • Identify and corrrect problems
  • Avoid being part of the problem
  • Work with others to tackle the defects in society decision making

Practical steps

  • Education (good people are often part of the oppression through ignorance)
  • Protest and civil disobedience where necessary

References

[1]Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from Birmingham Jail (1963) The full quote is "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/sites/mlk/files/letterfrombirmingham_wwcw_0.pdf
[2]Oxford English Dictionary

First published: 8 Mar 2021
Last updated: 10 Apr 2021