Orange Order

Tom Condit tomcondit at
Tue Nov 14 14:10:35 MST 1995

The Orange Order was, of course, a counter-revolutionary institution 
from its early days in the 18th Century on.  It was deliberately 
pumped up by the English and Anglo-Irish landowners as an alternative 
to the United Irishmen, to prevent exactly the "united" part.

Oddly enough, though, the Orange Lodges in Canada were part of the 
organizing nucleus of the Canadian social democracy.  Separated from 
their role as defenders of supposed "protestant ascendancy" in 
Ulster, they became just social lodges for middle class and working 
class Canadians of Scots-Irish descent.

Tom Condit

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