Reading the National Review's symposium on who was the greatest President of the United States, something immediatly strikes me, which is that the conservatives who write for the National Review seem to have formed their opinions out of a distaste for what happened in the 1970s. Its often and rightly argued that many of the politicians who maintained the consensus in the UK about economics through the 1950s and 1960s were motivated by seeing mass unemployment in the 1930s, perhaps though we need to stress more how much the vigour of conservatism in the United States and the United Kingdom proceeds out of a vision of the 1970s that they have as a low dishonest decade. What's interesting is that for foreign policy the thirties still dominate as the decade that people on the right tend to align their policies against- there seems to be a vague sense that in the seventies the United States was weak allowing moments like the Iranian hostage crisis to happen (see picture above) but its appeasement which has become the convenient tool to close arguments rather than detente. I'm not so sure about the left- the British left has an anti-Thatcher thing going and its possible perhaps to see this last decade as something that the American left in particular mobilises against. The sense on the right about the seventies and thirties though is very strong and is a very interesting determiner of where the ideology is going.