Society and Culture

Is it hypocritical to preach X while doing Y?


Government and Institutions
Economic Theory

Matthew Lesh writes for CapX

Kristian Niemietz writes for 1828

Kristian Niemietz, IEA Head of Political Economy, has written for 1828 on the economics of hypocrisy.

Commenting on the gap between what some people practice and preach, and those who like to point it out, he writes:

“The problem with hypocrisy-policing is that it diverts our attention towards the messenger, and thus away from the message. But it is usually the message that needs debunking.

“On social media, you do not win arguments by showing that you are right, and that your opponents are wrong. You win by attaching a positive social image to your own position, and to portray your opponents’ position as cringeworthy, and embarrassing.

“Politically weaponised accusations of hypocrisy are often misplaced. There can be sound economic reasons why we sometimes participate in systems, institutions and practices that we disapprove of, and would rather see replaced with something else.”

Read the full article here.