on the wrong side of history
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- (idiomatic, usually politics, derogatory) Having policies or practices that are perceived as not progressive or enlightened; behaving in a manner that reflects out-of-date or disapproved opinions.
- 1993 June 27, “The 'Jurassic Park' Press”, in Newsweek, retrieved 21 April 2015:
- Washington reporters . . . were seen by the president's people as on the wrong side of history—both technologically and politically.
- 2014 June 25, Linda Greenhouse, “The Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Cellphone Privacy”, in New York Times, retrieved 21 April 2015:
- The Roberts court has too often been on the wrong side of history, most pointedly in its retrograde refusal to protect the right to vote.