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Power and Hypocrisy By Joel F. Wade

MAMMY51♥POTL~PWCM~JLA♥ 2010/09/26 05:12:15
People in positions of power
are very susceptible to behaving in ways that contradict their own
public dictates. And the more legitimate they believe their power to be,
the more brazenly they will do what they tell others not to do.
  • Barrack
    Obama attacks the "fat cats," declares that at some point we've made
    enough money, and nags us for not being generous enough -- requiring the
    government to spread the wealth around -- while making millions of
    dollars himself, giving little to charity, and taking ostentatious vacations.
  • Al
    Gore excoriates us on how we need to restrict our wasteful lifestyles
    and limit our carbon footprint while flying around the world in private
    jets and living in huge homes using a dozen times the energy of most people.
  • Republicans
    held the presidency and enjoyed majorities in the House and Senate for
    most of 2001-2007, elected by majorities who wanted smaller and less
    intrusive government. But many of those elected Republicans used their
    power to grow the government and increase their personal power and
    prestige -- the exact same habits as they had criticized in the
    Democrats.
  • Lisa
    Murkowski promised to abide by the results of the primaries, but when
    she lost, she betrayed her promise and is now running as a write-in
    candidate purely for the cause of her own power, no matter the
    consequences for anybody else.
These
are all examples of world-class hypocrisy. They say one thing and do
another. They go around telling everybody else how to live while they
themselves indulge their own whims and appetites. Their hypocrisy is
fueled by a sense of entitlement to their power, and if we want less
hypocrisy, we need to make sure that people do not get too comfortable
in that power.

These are the findings of a study by Lammers, Stapel, and Gailinsky, Power Increases Hypocrisy: Moralizing in Reasoning, Immorality in Behavior (Psychological Science, May 2010, 21 [5])


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  • Rodney 2010/09/26 05:39:40
    Rodney
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    Ever more reason for term limits, strict controls on elected officials and severe punishment for violations of their oath of office.

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  • Icono1 2010/09/26 16:43:56
    Icono1
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    FTA;
    "Their hypocrisy is fueled by a sense of entitlement to their power, and if we want less
    hypocrisy, we need to make sure that people do not get too comfortable
    in that power."

    So ture.
  • MAMMY51... Icono1 2010/09/26 23:36:05
  • Rodney 2010/09/26 05:39:40
    Rodney
    +2
    Ever more reason for term limits, strict controls on elected officials and severe punishment for violations of their oath of office.
  • MAMMY51... Rodney 2010/09/26 05:45:27
    MAMMY51♥POTL~PWCM~JLA♥
    +2
    I'm with you on that.

  • Rodney MAMMY51... 2010/09/26 05:46:56
    Rodney
    +2
    How are you doing? Has it been quiet tonight or am I just getting where the action is?
  • MAMMY51... Rodney 2010/09/26 06:37:16
    MAMMY51♥POTL~PWCM~JLA♥
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    It's quiet, people are getting frustrated, with the malfunctions/glitches in the system.
  • Rodney MAMMY51... 2010/09/26 06:38:56
    Rodney
    +1
    I hear that! It's more of a mess then ever.

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