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Hypocrisy Watch

As I anticipated, Rich has declared that he who is without sin (or blegs) should cast the first stone. First, as I noted in my recent piece in National Review, hypocrisy in and of itself is not a sufficient argument. If I murder people that doesn’t mean I am wrong when I say Rich shouldn’t murder people. The same goes for blegging (the solicitation of help from readers in a blog). Indeed, I made that argument in the context of Bill Bennett’s recent troubles. Which brings me to the second point. The issue is not whether blegging (like gambling) in and of itself is a sin. It isn’t. No, the issue is whether or not Rich blegged too much. Is it causing him trouble in his daily life? Is he leaving the dinner table in order to ask readers how much he should tip? If he were Neo in the Matrix, would he bleg: “HELP – SHOULD I TAKE THE RED PILL OR THE BLUE PILL?”

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