U.S. Grant and the Left-Right Lines
Two lines of debate in the battle of Left versus Right cross frequently.
One is the question of whether history has an inexorable pull toward which it progresses, making it possible for there to be a “right side” of history that one can predict beforehand for a given issue. The other is whether one’s side on the issues of the day offers a direct parallel to the sides that one would have taken having born at another period in history.
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