Take the following statement:
I hate the ease with which X makes disparaging remarks about their rivals without the least concern as to whether they are truthful or fair.
Now I would like a word expressing this lack of concern, so that I could just plug it in the blank below and keep the meaning of the sentence above:
I hate the _________ with which X makes disparaging remarks about their rivals.
This is an all too common attitude and I think it deserves a name of its own. The word that came to my mind was levity, but I haven’t come across this word very often and I’m not sure of its particular tones and shades of meaning. Merriam-Webster defines levity as:
: a lack of seriousness
: an amusing quality
1 : excessive or unseemly frivolity
2 : lack of steadiness: changeableness
The attitude I’m trying to name certainly displays lack of seriousness as to the truthfulness and fairness of the remarks, but I do not want to imply they are made in jest or that X is being silly or thoughtless. X could be very serious about their aims: “I’m going to say this; don’t give a dam whether that’s true or not; even if it’s not true I’ll get away with it.” This excludes, I think, all the words Merriam-Webster lists as related to levity, which probably means it excludes levity too:
facetiousness, flightiness, flippancy, frivolousness, frothiness, frivolity, light-headedness, light-mindedness, lightness, silliness
So I’ll accept an answer that despite my reservations shows that one of these words is indeed the one that works best in the sentence above; or gives a more fitting word; or shows that no word really fits (I am of course aware of the difficulties of proving a negative).
I prefer a single word but I’m willing to trade singleness for meaning: so I would take a short phrase it fits better than any single word.
I’m spoilt for choice. But I wonder whether the various suggestions implying lack of concern would in my sentence imply lack of concern specifically for truth, which is what I’m after, or could instead be interpreted as lack of regard for norms of polite behaviour, rival’s feelings, or consequences (say, libel lawsuits, rivals reacting with violence, people feeling encouraged to attack the rivals, etc.)
Tweak the example sentence if it helps (say, I hate the ____ of X’s remarks).