Scrutinizingthe Powerful

Beingpowerful has both advantages and disadvantages regarding how theperson or organization presents their status to the general public orsubjects. On the advantage side, the state can be used to influencethe positive development and consequently a healthy living. On theother hand, one of the disadvantages of being powerful is themanipulation of the subjects for selfish gains. The theme ofhypocrisy is represented in the reading about scrutinizing thepowerful (Steve Tombs and Dave Whites p. 41)

Thesubject of hypocrisy is shown by the state in the sense that theyimplement an education system that denies university learners inparticular not to do research and find the filth and crime done bythe corporate society. In this case, the state displays the theme bypretending to be offering the best for the institutions but is actingon a plot to cover their involvement in the crime by the corporatesociety (Steve Tombs and Dave Whites p. 41).

Inthe contemporary society, the theme of hypocrisy sometimes can beused by our influential leaders to gain the trust of the majority atthe expense of the wellbeing of the entire population concerned. Agood example is given by Richard Smith (2007) who cites a tobaccocompany writing a health journal to the general public including theconsumers of its products. This is hypocrisy as the tobacco companyin itself is not promoting healthy living. On the other hand, it isalso hypocritical for the authorities to have allowed the publication(Richard Smith 2007). Howard Kurtz (2016) questions this idea ofperpetration of hypocrisy for selfish gains.

Inthis respect, we can ask ourselves, “Is it right for a powerfulperson or organization to practice hypocrisy to have their agendafulfilled?”


Howardkrutz (2016) Scalia, the Senate and the Media: A time for hypocrisy.Retrieved from (2007) Reed-Elsevier`shypocrisy in selling arms and health. Retrieved from

SteveTombs and Dave Whites. Scrutinizing the powerful, Crime, Contemporarypolitical economy and critical social research, p.3-45