Progressive foreign policy is at its core a paradox. It seeks to promote a more peaceful, interdependent, and egalitarian world in which human rights are protected and the developing world can flourish along with a prosperous United States. Yet the thing most capable of making all of that happen—American power in all of its forms, military and otherwise—is what progressives fear and revile the most.
On January 21, 2017, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, millions of people took to the streets across the country to protest the 45th president and support a host of progressive causes. The Women’s March, as the protests were called, became a broader, unified movement of the political left, and the darling of so many in the media and Democratic politicians who called for resistance against societal “oppression” in the age of Trump.