Foreign Policy is Domestic Policy is Foreign Policy is Domestic Policy is…

Margaret Thatcher started with the Falklands and finished with the unions:

We had to fight the enemy without in the Falklands. We always have to be aware of the enemy within, which is much more difficult to fight and more dangerous to liberty.

Scott Walker started with the unions and wants to finish with the Islamic State:

If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.

Foreign policy is domestic policy is foreign policy is domestic policy is…


  1. marta knows it all July 25, 2015 at 11:36 am | #

    That is a really really good point

  2. graccibros July 25, 2015 at 11:55 am | #

    It would seem that one Mr. Trump fits the equation here pretty well, because his solution to the alleged troubles the U.S. has in keeping respect and maintaining order abroad stems from President Obama’s poor negotiating skills…we all know that the author of “The Art of the Deal” is the universe’s greatest negotiator, and the left has often expressed its disappointment in “No Drama Obama” at the table vs. the American Right, nicely evading the fact that the flow of the American cultural left’s “psychologics” has been to summon forth a temperament like the President’s. (But then again, look at all the trouble Yanis Varoufakis has gotten into with his “temperament” problems across the table from the Germans.)

    Does Mr. Trump’s personae represent a “return of the repressed,” or perhaps even – something worse?

    Come on all you NY therapists, throw you two cents in here, it’s not August yet.

    Although I suppose it’s hard to miss anything Mr. Trump says these days, has he weighed in on handling the $15.00 per hour trend and the unions behind it…? Or would that threaten his “blue collar” appeal? Far safer to blame Mexico and its immigrants than take on the nature of the economic system here – and there. “They out negotiated us” I think has been Trump’s line on how it happened; I didn’t know that Mexico’s globalized elites had that much “leverage.”

  3. David Jacobs July 25, 2015 at 1:31 pm | #

    Lemuel Boulware is an unacknowledged author of the authoritarian politics of the American Right. He fashioned GE’s union-destruction policy in the 1940s and hired Ronald Reagan to sell intimate authoritarianism inside and outside the corporation.
    Boulware helped convince mainstream business lobbies to forego any opportunities for compromise and to remain steadfast opponents of social security and the like.

    No single individual plays a decisive role in these debates, of course.

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