Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Hypocrisy Left and Right

I am not someone who believe hypocrisy is confined to one side of the political spectrum or the other. It is clear that it exists on both. In an interview with Kathryn Lopez of NRO's The Corner, Peter Schweitzer who has written a new book makes an intersting distinction between liberal vs. conservative hypocrisy that I had not thought about:

Yes, we are all hypocrites and I talk about that in the book. But liberal hypocrisy and conservative hypocrisy are quite different on two accounts. First, you hear about conservative hypocrisy all the time. A pro-family congressman caught in an extramarital affair, a minister caught in the same. This stuff is exposed by the media all the time. The leaders of the liberal-Left get a complete pass on their hypocrisy. Second, and this is even more important, the consequences of liberal hypocrisy are different than for the conservative variety. When conservatives abandon their principles and become hypocrites, they end up hurting themselves and their families. Conservative principles are like guard rails on a winding road. They are irritating but fundamentally good for you. Liberal hypocrisy is the opposite. When the liberal-left abandon their principles and become hypocrites, they actually improve their lives. Their kids end up in better schools, they have more money, and their families are more content. They're ideas are truly that bad.

It is definitely an interesting point. Can anyone think of a counter example on either side--e.g. one where the liberal is hypocritical and only hurts his/her family or one where a conservative is hypocritical and it improves his/her lives?


Schweitzer's book is Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy

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