Chris Bedford made some good points last night on Tucker Carlson’s show, but failed to provide any theoretical context which makes sense of the problem:
“We have that insidious phrase, that ‘You’re on the wrong side of history,’” Bedford said. …”
What does that phrase mean?
“It is 2020.” “You’re on the wrong side of history.”
It is a theory of history. It is a reflection of the Modernist idea.
History is “progressing” toward liberty and equality. Modernism is the liberation of the self, the rejection of the past and the celebration of the other. Modernists want to dissolve their nations. By opposing Modernism, you are on “the wrong side of history” which is linear and culminates in their perverse values and will continue for all eternity. The entire world is converging on this obsolete paradigm which is best represented by the senility of 77-year-old Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.
“The American left is different from a lot of the global illiberal lefts in that they’re the only ones that don’t like their country. The Cubans, the Soviets, the Chinese, they’re all fiercely patriotic,” explained Bedford. “We don’t have that.”
They have all rejected Modernist progressive liberalism.
“How can people who hate a country run it?” asked Tucker. “I don’t think they can,” Bedford responded. …”
Modernism is a major source of geopolitical weakness for the United States viz Russia and China. Those countries don’t define progress as their own destruction. It would never occur to the Chinese that what China lacks and is holding it back is being saddled with half a billion Africans.
It is not true that the American Left is “the only one in the world that hates their own country.” This is a Western problem. Everywhere you go in the West you will find the exact same idea. In Canada, the worst thing that ever happened was that White Canadians colonized the country. You will find the same idea in Ireland and Sweden which are not known for being colonial powers. “Hate speech” which is the rejection of Modernism is taken far more seriously in Germany than in the United States.
UPDATE: Where does this curious phrase “on the wrong side of history” come from?
“the phrase first appeared in books in 1935, disappeared until 1949, and experienced an early spike in usage around 1951. A spike reaching a slightly lower peak occurred in 1967, followed by intermittent but generally up-trending popularity until reaching another high point in 1985. A slight drop-off then was followed by a sharp increase from the early 90s up to a historical high in 2000, the last year of Google’s Ngram-available data.
It seems the first use noted was in The American Spectator, Volume 3, Issue 34:
The editorial bears the heading, “McDonald and Lenin,” and he Times puts itself on the wrong side of history thus: “If the British people regard the advent of Labor Socialists without alarm, on reason is that they know that they have to deal with a Labor government soberly aware of its limitations and its responsibilities…The example of Russia is a virtual guarantee against any tendency on the part…”
It was born around the same time “racism” was invented.
Modernism only became hegemonic around the late 1930s/early 1940s.
It has gotten much worse since 2000: