Jonah Goldberg of National Review fame knocks this issue out of the park, and in so doing puts to shame the notion advanced by our president ad nauseam that people who disagree with him are on the “wrong side of history.” Ad Goldberg notes, all the people to the right of his domestic social experimentation are on the wrong side of history, in Barack Obama’s formulation, and thus need to stop opposing him. But the foreign powers who are doing intemperate and unenlightened things are also on the wrong side of history, even though Obama won’t do anything to effectively oppose them.
As Goldberg notes, this formulation is a particularly Marxist one, and it denies individual agency. It’s ridiculous on its face. People make history, and the future is uncertain.