Abolishment of slavery, women’s right to vote, women’s rights in general, minority rights, interracial marriages, etc, were all things that, if you were a social conservative of the day, you would not have liked to see happen.
Yet in the end, not only did they happen, but it’s now clearly faux pas to be or have been against them.
In our lifetime, a similar thing is happening with gay rights, and definitely within a generation it will seem outdated to be against it.
It seems there is a pattern here, and if I were a social conservative I’d question if what I consider the ‘proper way’ or ‘God intended it that way’ will just become an outdated and backward position to have, and the behavior I abhor will be accepted as perfectly normal by the majority of society.
The only thing I can think of that progressives got wrong is the idea of ‘free love’. I wasn’t alive during that time in the sixties, but if I’m not mistaken, people have turned out to be more marriage-minded (or at least monogamous-minded) than the have-sex-with-everyone-freely-and-openly attitude of the free love movement. (Can someone correct me if my impression of this movement is incorrect?)
My questions are:
- Have social conservatives historically been on the wrong side of history much more often than social progressives?
- If the above is yes, how does this affect today’s social conservatives, in how they see their pet issues fairing in the long term?
- What examples are there of progressive movements that were rejected by society?