Publish at November 08 2022 Updated November 08 2022

Social justice, fiscal justice, what to understand behind these expressions

As justice is a value-based concept, reaching a consensus is complicated.


Justice is a term with many uses, to which other words such as social justice adjoined by other words such as social justice, fiscal justice, etc.

What is justice ?

The site describes justice as a philosophical and moral ideal. Things get complicated with this type of definition. What is just or unjust may be perceived differently from the be perceived differently from each person's point of view.

The site adds : " It is both instinctive (the feeling of injustice or justice is imposes itself on us) and complex (it is impossible to define abstractly criteria of justice). "

Justice a question of values ?

Justice justice is therefore instinctive. This means that it is a feeling. We feel things are unfair if we cannot access them while others can. others have it.

In some situations, then, it is probably legitimate to probably legitimate to feel injustice: think of the segregation policy that may have of segregation that may have taken place in South Africa or the United States. When injustice comes from discriminatory criteria such as origin, religion, sexual orientation religion, sexual orientation, gender (the struggle of feminism shows how important it is to fight against all discrimination) , etc. it is obvious that this is unacceptable.

In other situations, it's about not being able to afford it;  when it comes to financial means, it's more complex.

Social justice

Although that the notion of of justice may vary from one point of view to another, it seems logical to speak of justice in terms of the aspect of equality of opportunity or fairness.

Justice should not be confused justice and jealousy. It is in the character of human beings to to want to possess certain things and to be tempted. It is because of this that that is why the marketing approaches of many companies are so successful. are so successful. Envy is one of the feelings that Each of us has experienced at one time or another.

What can grow the person is the way to deal with envy.

  • On one hand, it can turn into jealousy. one hand, it can turn into jealousy. In this case, the envious person will envious person will claim in the name of justice to have the right to possess, too On the other hand, it can serve as an example and the envious person will and the person will use his or her potential to achieve what he or she wants. to acquire what they want.

Without making value judgments about either value on either approach, the first seems less productive than the second. attitude seems less productive than the second. In more graphic terms, the question to be asked is the following:

In the name of social justice, should we In the name of social justice, should we, through the state, take a of the fruits of the past and present work of some some to transfer it to others who earn less.

Some will consider it unjust to be dispossessed in this way. On the other hand others, will have claims as long as there is a gap in

The tool economists use to measure income inequality is the Gini coefficient.

The site of the Walloon Institute of Statistics defines it as :

The Gini coefficient is a synthetic measure of income inequality within a population. It ranges from 0, when there is complete equality (i.e., all incomes are equal), to 1 when inequality inequality is maximal (when all income is received by a single individual). individual). It can also be interpreted as the average income gap (expressed as a function of average income) between two individuals drawn at random.  "

Social mobility

From a social point of view, a value is therefore that each social point of view, a value is therefore that everyone should be able to benefit from an equality of opportunity that is optimal. This means that regardless of the social background of social background of his or her parents, everyone can aspire not to be confined be confined to a particular social class.

According to this article on, 

A often associated with the notion of social mobility is the idea of a society divided into strata between which individuals could move more or less move more or less easily. The different social groups and categories social are thought of in terms of hierarchical continuum and the relationships they maintain are summed up in more or less "social distances" "

The study shows three essential elements :

  1. "Concerning socio-professional destinies, the study shows a relative tendency towards social immobility.
  2. Concerning educational destiny, we note that the higher the level of education of the higher the level of education of the individuals, the higher the level of education of the individuals, the higher the level of education of the individuals, the higher the level of education of the individuals, the higher in the social hierarchy.
  3. In addition, our analyses analyses lead us to conclude that there are different mobility "regimes" for men and women for men and women if we consider mobility from the point of view of the from the point of view of the ownership criterion."

In a region like Wallonia, which region such as Wallonia, which has a strong working-class heritage and a desire for social social mobility, it appears that socio-professional mobility is low. low.

The same is true for education where the level of education of the parents has an effect on the level of education of the children. This is why it is essential to rethink school and fight against determinism in school.

Finally, on the aspect of gender and for the criterion of property, significant disparities remain.

We can think of We can therefore think that between the objectives and the will of the population and the reality, there can remain large disparities. So even when there is relative consensus on a justice goal to be achieved and a achieved and a common meaning, it is complicated to achieve it.

The societal choice

The societal choice that we collectively want is difficult to define and even more difficult to achieve.  What some people consider fair is not fair for others depending on each person's values.

The have an interest in keeping society relatively egalitarian in the sense that it brings social peace and a peaceful society.

Even with one of the lowest Gini coefficients, some regions want to, through political discourse, to move towards complete egalitarianism at the risk of jeopardizing equilibrium: emigration of the most important emigration of the most important taxpayers, refusal to pay taxes by working Justice being a notion depending on values, reaching a consensus is quite complicated.

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