American Thinker: The most notorious American anti-Semite of the 1930s was Father Charles Coughlin, the charismatic pastor of Shrine of the Little Flower in suburban Detroit. In 1934, Father Coughlin founded the National Union for Social Justice, which published a weekly newspaper, “Social Justice.” Two hundred thousand people read the paper, and as many as 30 million tuned in to his Sunday broadcasts. Tens of thousands joined the Social Justice Councils that were established nationwide.
Social Justice reprinted excerpts from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, discredited in the Anglo-American world for fifteen years. Ten days after Kristallnacht, Coughlin blamed the Jews for the pogrom, citing statistics provided by Nazi publications. Gentiles had finally wised up to the people who ran both Wall Street and the Kremlin. The alliance between the “banksters” (Coughlin coined the term) and the Bolshies may have seemed unlikely, but it only demonstrated how devious and relentless the Jews were in their efforts to destroy Christianity and the West.
The Mirage of Social Justice was the title of what should have been the definitive book on the subject, published more than forty years ago by Nobel laureate Friedrich Hayek (Vol. 2 of Law, Legislation, and Liberty). The mirage everyone’s familiar with is the strip of water shimmering on the road ahead during a summer day that vanishes as you approach. So, too, Hayek, as he attempted to analyze the concept, found that it “was entirely empty and meaningless.” Unfortunately, “to demonstrate that a universally used expression which to many people embodies a quasi-religious belief has no content whatever and serves merely to insinuate that we ought to consent to a demand of a particular group, is much more difficult than to show that a conception is wrong.” (Hayek had originally set out to demonstrate that redistribution according to someone’s conception of justice would be counterproductive.)
At the heart of the problem is a primitive anthropomorphism, applying to “society” moral precepts evolved to guide the behavior of individuals. In one of the earliest uses of the term, John Stuart Mill declared, “Society should treat all equally well who have deserved equally well of it.” But “society” cannot “do” anything. That power has to come from agents of the government – ultimately, from men carrying guns and subpoenas. “Society” in modern Europe and North America includes a vast network of voluntary associations and individual transactions that have provided a far greater satisfaction of human desires than any deliberate organization could ever achieve. read more