Thomas Sowell’s “The Quest for Cosmic Justice”

Sowell begins by carefully distinguishing social justice and cosmic justice. Social justice results largely from behavior of people towards others—behavior that is largely determined by social customs and laws—our culture. Cosmic justice is the result of genetic endowments, circumstances of birth, and plain being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I quote Sowell quoting Friedman:

This text by Friedman from “Free to Choose” is often quoted. Sowell’s context situates it well. I have a notion even more cynical than Sowell’s: People rail against such inequality because it expiates their guilt.