on the wrong side of history

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on the wrong side of history

  1. (idiomatic, usually politics, pejorative) Having policies or practices that are perceived not progressive or enlightened; behaving in a manner that reflects out-of-date or disapproved opinions.
    • 1993 June 27, "The 'Jurassic Park' Press," 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.
    • 2007 June 14, Michael Kinsley, "The Quiet Gay Revolution," Time (retrieved 21 April 2015):
      As gays have moved into the mainstream, Republicans have landed on the wrong side of history.
    • 2014 June 25, Linda Greenhouse, "The Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Cellphone Privacy," 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.

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