There’s an old joke — dating back at least to the 1980s, when Polish labor leader Lech Walesa helped to defeat the Soviet Union — that the definition of an American neoconservative is someone who loves labor unions, just so long as the unions are in enemy countries.

I’ve heard it told for years in at least two distinct tones. There’s a version with an edge, as an exasperated accusation made by American labor leaders who wish they’d get more support at home from Republicans. And there’s a self-deprecating version, as told by people on the center-right to deflect criticism that they are union-busters or otherwise opposed to the working man or woman.

Perhaps it’s time for third version of the joke, one focused

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