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The solution: Offer a competing definition of social justice by arguing that, pace Hayek, it is a virtue, but not because entire societies can somehow be virtuous (as J. S. Mill thinks). The key is to look upon it as a virtue of individuals directed toward associations that foster the common good. Defining social justice in this way makes it a check on, not an extension of, state power.
Michael Novak has written about religion, philosophy, politics, history and sports during his five decades as an author. Now, he is writing about home and family.
In this way, commerce is the most solid, material sign of unmistakable human solidarity. Yet it takes away from none of us our cultural differences, not to mention our individuality.