We asked Tyler Cowen, author of "The Complacent Class," how the American dream relates to America's foreign policy. See what he said.
"So what's the relationship between the American Dream and America's foreign policy? I believe America ought to have an active role in global affairs as a promoter of liberty and prosperity. A harmonizer increasing international cooperation, working with allies so that globalization runs relatively smoothly. But can that come about? Well, the conditions have to be right at home. We need a prosperous, growing economy with plenty of opportunity, we need to have a national spirit attuned to a positive vision of the future. Right now I don't think we're quite there. If we're going to repair America's role in foreign affairs, we first need to fix some things at home."