Hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue.
I was just a boy the first time I heard that statement, and remember initially comprehending it the way a Congolese would calculus. Though once the meaning became clear I always cherished it as a particularly witty truism. The hypocrite concedes his villainy by paying lip service to honor. If he believed his actions were just, then his words would match them. The faithful husband doesn’t preach about the righteousness of infidelity. Thus virtue pays no reciprocal tribute to vice.
I note a similar phenomenon frequently on the left. And never more so than in discussions of their most lurid vice of all: white eradication. This yearning for racial elimination used to be an understandably furtive affair. Liberals would express such a malign desire the same way they masturbate: only with gerbils.
But as the Overton Window has reached Armageddon, it has…
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