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The wrongness of “the right side of history”

Whatever comforting story we tell ourselves, history does not have a “right side”. Progress is not guaranteed. The only way to ensure a better future is to create it

By Darran Anderson  

Being bombarded by information online, you start to witness language change. Phrases have always come and gone, arriving as fashion and departing into cliché. At what point, though, does overuse and insincerity render a phrase effectively meaningless—or even a sure sign of dishonesty?

Looking through the headlines of the past few weeks, one phrase appears ad nauseam: “the wrong side of history.” Kellyanne Conway accused Democrats of being thus, regarding the U.S. government shutdown. Theresa May risks being it, the Director of the Electoral Reform Society in Wales indicated, if…

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