Market and Social Justice (Prompt 2)

The concepts of market and social justice govern how we live our lives. From what our “values” are to what and how we purchase. Market justice, the most influential concept of the two, seems to reflect the American ideal of individualism. Yet, in market justice, instead of having the best interests of people as a whole, the interest lies more in the bottom line of corporations. It leads people to believe that however they end up economically or health wise in life, it is their own fault and “the choices we make.” It does not take into account any circumstances surrounding a person or the reason for their decisions like background, socioeconomic level, or level of education. Instead, it says that “people who are financially comfortable have earned that comfort. Likewise, people who are less comfortable have earned that situation.”

There is also less government regulation in market justice, much to the benefit of large corporations that target certain people so that they buy their products. An example of this would be cigarettes. Cigarettes tend to target people with a low socioeconomic status and young people as it is depicted as “cool” and a stress reliever. Even though going to the gym is also a great stress reliever, buying a pack of cigarettes is cheaper than a gym membership even if the impact on a person’s health are completely different in the long term. Despite the fact that cigarettes are bad for people’s health and can lead to lung cancer, there is indeed big business in it, and it is likely that this industry won’t be going away as it generates a lot of money for the corporations.

Social justice may be regarded as deviant as it has a more community oriented ideal rather than solely focusing on the individual. Yet, it sounds like this concept has a person’s best interest at heart. It focuses more on the “collective good” rather than the “rugged individualism.” Overall, social justice seems to be the better concept that should be more widely followed since it believes that people should have an equal opportunity as much as the next person, it believes that people should have “basic benefits,” and does not blame people for the way they live their lives the way they do.

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