Hypocrisy (or being a hypocrite) is the act of pretending to oppose a belief or behaviour while holding the same beliefs or behaviours at the same time.
Hypocrisy is frequently invoked as an accusation in debates, in politics, and in life in general. A few theorists have studied the utility of hypocrisy, and in some cases have suggested that the conflicts manifested as hypocrisy are a necessary or beneficial part of human behavior and society.
Hypocrisy is me criticizing Neo-Con fear-mongering and then posting an article like this one. But then again it's no different than denouncing terrorists while constantly working to keep your own people afraid.
The Daily Show the other night illustrated further related to the recent Governor Spitzer sex scandal hypocrisy for our amusement:
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STEWART: The crazy thing is, this guy, Governor Spitzer, apparently visiting prostitutes for years, as he was prosecuting prostitution.
OLIVER: Yeah, but Jon, this is what politicians do. They rail against the thing they desire the most. Look at Congressman Mark Foley.Headed the committee to protect children from sex predators while trying to pick up underage interns on line.
STEWART: Larry Craig…
OLIVER: There you go.
STEWART: Senator Larry Craig voted repeatedly against gay rights, caught soliciting gay sex in a bathroom.
OLIVER: Very good. Or um, President Bush. How’s that? Promotes democracy abroad, withholds as much information as possible at home.
STEWART: That’s exactly right. He criticizes human rights abuses…
OLIVER: Exactly. Yet, runs his own floating S&M dungeon just south of Key West.
The last point I found particularly poignant. Why is it OK to criticize and fear muslims, and arabs, but not jews and Negroes? How can we cry foul when police aggressively beat down a cop-killer, but turn a blind eye when a CIA operative tortures a suspected terrorist?
It's hard to admit it when we're wrong, it's hard to shine the light inward. I hope that in my self righteous ranting I never forget to look at my own faults for time to time and see if I'm guilty of the crimes I'm condemning.