That relevance is tied with Donald Trump and the new nationalism and hard right conservatism that has come with it. The Edge has noted in interviews that the record, being written in the mid-1980s, was influenced by the politics of Reagan and Thatcher, the Conservative British and U.S. leaders of the time.
He also explained that the current global climate echoes a lot of the uneasiness that was going on at that time: the unrest of the period due to economic reforms—privatisation of various industries, deregulation of the stock markets—the resulting strikes, along with the Drug Wars and conflicts the US waged with groups in Central and South America.
“It feels like we're right back there in a way.” said The Edge. “I don't think any of our work has ever come full circle to that extent. It just felt like, ‘Wow, these songs have a new meaning and a new resonance today that they didn't have three years ago, four years ago.’”