self-approval

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Afrikaner Derek Venter takes a simplistic view of the cause of the country's problems, combining fascism and racism with a bizarre, twisted, self-approving sort of Christianity: "While there's a black on this earth you will have corruption, you will have murder, you will have a thief, and you will have sin.
We tend to perceive ourselves with some built-in biases; retaining any self-approving biases, though, will impede your self-improvement efforts.
However, Galbraith admits that he, himself, is one of the self-approving contented of which he writes.