What is Distributive Justice? Distributive Justice is concerned with how a government or municipality handles the relationship between the government and the community, with the goal being to interact harmoniously and peaceably. To effectively apply Distributive Justice the government must avoid corruption, care for the less fortunate, and enact laws with respect to the fundamental rights of each person. 1 The United States government has failed in all three requirements, in my opinion. Corruption is rampant with special interest lobbyists and the wealthy few setting the political agenda. The Republicans (for the most part) in Congress want to strip subsidies from the proposed Ryan budget that would address the needs of the less fortunate, and the Democrats (for the most part) in Congress dismiss the fundamental rights of the unborn by supporting the pro-choice agenda.
Distributive Justice is meant to foster solidarity presupposing a more just social order. However, if the just social order is lacking and people are suffering, and in need, then socio-economic problems will not be easily resolved. As a society it is imperative that we work together in an upright manner, care for the less fortunate, and respect the rights of all life, including the unborn, so that we may have a just social order.
What is Social Justice? We’ll address the answer to that question in the final part of this three part series on the types of Justice in our next reflection. Don’t miss it!
1 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd. Ed. paragraphs 2236-2237, Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1997. Print.