In an email celebrating “Native American Heritage Month”, the Loyola University Chief Diversity Officer Sybol Anderson encouraged readers to take this time to “reflect upon our Jesuit values, such as inclusiveness and social justice …”
This struck world-renowned economics Loyola professor Walter Block as odd since as he put it, “Social justice excludes those who oppose social justice, does it not? If we want to be truly inclusive, should we exclude those who oppose social justice?”
Block points out the paradox of the cult of inclusiveness, which is inclusive to everyone except those who disagreeâ€”which is tolerant of everything except the intolerant (however they define it).
Nothing quite exemplifies the inclusiveness hypocrisy like the confederate monument protests in New Orleans just a few months earlier. During the protests, social justice warriors fought for diversity, inclusion, and tolerance, by browbeating, ridiculing, and physically assaulting those with which they disagreed.
Thankfully, Loyola University has a voice of reason in Walter Block, who is not Catholic but succinctly dissected the diversity chief’s proposition that Jesuit values include inclusiveness and social justice:
This is wrong on so many levels. First, it constitutes a logical contradiction. Social justice excludes conservatives and libertarians. Second, “Jesuit values” is also controversial. The Jesuit order started in the 16th century with the School of Salamanca, comprised of Dominicans and Jesuits. This was a free market, libertarian school of thought. For them, the just price was the market price. The just rate of interest was the market rate of interest. They were precursors to the Austrian school of economics and the libertarian movement. Nowadays, the political views of most Jesuits is about 180 degrees removed from that. So, WHICH Jesuit values are we to reflect upon? Third, what’s this “our” business. Sybol does not speak for the entire community, as she implies. How would she like it if I sent this message to the Loyola community: “And this isÂ LOYOLA WEEK,Â a time to reflect upon our Jesuit values, such as libertarianism, private property rights, free enterprise…”?Â – Walter Block
Social justice does have a genuinely Catholic origin, but the modern cultural Marxists reinvention of the idea is no where near that. It would behoove the Universityâ€”and the Church as a wholeâ€”to rediscover the foundational values of social justice and the Jesuits if for no other reason than to be logically consistent when they talk about inclusivity.