tomcondit at igc.apc.org
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.
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