From time to time, I find myself flabbergasted by the hypocrisy demonstrated by various groups when they argue the appropriateness or inappropriateness of various tactics depending on what suits them best.
This irritates me about myself, because it demonstrates that I've fallen for the basic underlying misdirection... that I've been paying attention to the <i>ostensible content</i> of political arguments, rather than their <i>intended purpose.</i>
The analogy I try to keep in mind to cure myself of this is to picture gang warfare in a non-English speaking country whose gangs, for various historical reasons, have adopted essentially arbitrary English phrases as labels and slogans.
So perhaps the "Peace on Earth" gang invades territory nominally controlled by the "Rational Discourse" gang, and scrawls their slogan "Equality for Everyone!" on a nearby wall. And the RDers, in keeping with their usual policy in such cases (which the members refer to as the "Sunshine and Puppies" policy), respond by setting fire to the PoEers' safehouse (known as "Radical Pacifism").
As long as I keep paying attention to what those English phrases mean in isolation, I will keep being deeply, deeply confused; it will keep seeming to me that there's hypocrisy and contradiction and inconsistency going on.
But when I accept that the English phrases are just convenient labels, and pay attention to the actual behavior, there's no confusion or hypocrisy involved. Gang A tagged gang B's property; gang B retaliated with violence. This is pretty standard gang interaction.
Sometimes paying attention to the words only serves to distract me.