Why is Politics Full of Hypocrites?

Hypocrisy, explained.

Dylan joins Zach to dig into the concept of hypocrisy. They focus on two questions: 1) What is hypocrisy? 2) Why are accusations of hypocrisy so appealing? Like typical philosophers, they find the concept to be more nuanced and rich than you might expect. The episode gives 9 insights/discoveries about hypocrisy. With them you should be able to decode the mysteries and frustrations of public discourse.

(TW/CW: the episode includes some discussion of extreme hypothetical examples about murder and racism.)


In the conclusion, Dylan and Zach discuss 3 more fundamental and inescapable insights into the concept of hypocrisy. They focus on the question of why accusations of hypocrisy are ineffective, especially in politics. And yet, sometimes (not in politics) they are. When you’re called a hypocrite, a part of you is embarrassed. How does all this work?

In the final point, Zach proposes a distinction that explains everything—including the important concept of ‘whataboutism‘.



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