Caesellius Bassus and the “Right Side of History”

The dangers of believing in the myth of Progress.

The recurrent affirmation that history is on our side, a phrase frequently used by President Obama and to a lesser degree by his predecessors, is a rhetorical flourish that betrays great naivety. TAI columnists Eliot Cohen and Walter Russell Mead have already commented on the latest presidential mention of this phrase here and here, eloquently noting that history does not take sides and that the repetition of this locution does not assuage the fear of people threatened by enemies. Survival and victory do not stem automatically from the conviction that one is marching in lockstep with History.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    History is not on anyone’s side until they claim victory.
    Obama proclaims victory without having done anything to earn it.