Their Tradition and Ours

The Right claims to defend tradition, but what they actually defend is historical injustice — it’s the Left’s job to sustain the working-class tradition of fighting back.

A sign painter at work on a May Day placard. Credit: Ralph Crane / the LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images.

The political Right often describes itself as the defender of tradition — of the norms, values, and rituals that we cherish, and the communities that sustain them. These two elements are, often correctly, taken as connected. Norms and values cannot be sustained unless they are rooted in stable communities of fellowship. And the community, for its […]

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