Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought. A theory however elegant and economical must be rejected or revised if it is untrue; likewise laws and institutions no matter how efficient and well arranged must be reformed or abolished if they are unjust. Each person possesses an inviolability founded on Justice that even the welfare of society as a whole cannot override.

John Rawls, A Theory of Justice, p. 598

This book is a beast (i.e., very long), but it is a classic in political philosophy. Rawls wasn’t black, so I can’t classify this post as #blackthought, but he sure was #woke.


T. M. G.