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How Thatcher Smashed the Ruling Elite

By Robert Merry, The National Interest - April 15, 2013

It’s probably inevitable that the attention now accorded Margaret Thatcher on the occasion of her death should spawn questions about what lessons from her life and career might be applicable to our own time. And it’s probably inevitable that such questions would spawn plenty of debate, since there are no final victories in politics and her outlook remains controversial in America just as it is in Britain.

Indeed, the United States today is locked in a powerful struggle between ardent advocates of free enterprise and private initiative (the Thatcher contingent) and those who wish to enhance the power, prerogative and reach of the federal government (the anti-Thatcher forces). That debate will dominate American politics well into the future, and the ghost of Margaret Thatcher will hover over it, as will many other ghosts.

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