Injustice exists, not as a necessary force, but as one that we don’t know how to handle. There is no plan for its eradication. Political rhetoric often refers to justice for everybody. Citizens from around the world pray for justice every day. Why isn’t there an academic discipline to identify injustice, study it, control it, and to plan its elimination?
Why wouldn’t ending injustice be a top priority for every person in the entire world? Who doesn’t want justice? People who profit from injustice are not fans of its eradication. Neither are people who think they profit from injustice. Many people are tolerant of injustice because they are dependent on those who think they profit from it. Perhaps most people tolerate injustice because they fear that change may make matters worse. Praying for justice is hypocritical when we support its absence.
Those who are impoverished, enslaved, or embattled by injustice want it to go away, but they are dependent on those who treat them unjustly. Their dependency is economic, political, educational, and religious. These people can easily identify the sources from which no help will come. Injustice is a major cause of the anger, the fear, and the depression that scar the lives of those who are treated unjustly, and it spreads to those who surround them. Ultimately it demeans everyone.
The architecture of the institutions that support injustice is usually bureaucratic. While people create institutional missions by organization, cooperation, and specialization, bureaucratic architecture hijacks the institutional mission to capture power from the people who are performing it. It turns their efforts to perform service into bureaucratic power, which thrives on the disparity and the dependence that it creates. The few who are in charge hold illegitimate power that is created both by depleting the choices available to minions, and monopolizing the mission.
The most important argument that we can use to support educating people is to teach them how to serve and protect each other. That is how to create justice. It should teach people how to avoid succumbing to forces that will do harm to them, to others, and do harm to future generations. What we should study and learn is how to serve and protect each other. We need to study and share this particular knowledge to eliminate injustice, and the resulting depression, poverty, and war created by it. Poverty is more than the lack of money. Poverty is the disparity in humanity that is squeezed from the many and lavished on the few. Humanity will decide whether it is to pursue its potential wonders, or chase its own tail at the end of a bureaucratic whip.
Bureaucracies are adept at controlling education. For bureaucrats, the purpose of education is to increase their own power. An authentic mission of education is to learn and teach justice. As a lifetime learner and educator, I have never seen a bureaucratically sanctioned course like that. Educational institutions around the world are bureaucratically dedicated to teaching students to profit from injustice, to use their hard work and generationally generated talents to protect themselves at the expense of the rest of humanity. Just think what they could accomplish if they worked for justice, the betterment of humanity.
Bureaucracy needs to be expelled from education. Economics is how we serve and protect each other. Justice is for everybody or it doesn’t exist. Justice and bureaucracy can’t coexist. Bureaucracy will follow the dinosaurs into extinction. Injustice will no longer have a pathway to power. Economics is the reason for education. Justice is the outcome of successful education. Effective education can not be a bureaucratic minion. What it must become is a clearly marked pathway to justice.