There has already been some speculation that the alliances of convenience between the center-left and the NeverTrump right could persist beyond the Trump administration. Certainly, both the left and the right have relatively liberal factions that are not being well-served by their current leadership and are increasingly at odds with their respective illiberal factions. What if they could find common cause precisely around this principle of liberalism—that is, the advocacy of freedom?
Could we draw together the group often referred to contemptuously by the far left as “neoliberals”—old-fashioned liberals who still believe in free speech and are willing to grasp that the free market has some significant value—and the “classical liberals” currently despised on the right by the rising nationalist faction?
Call it “neo-classical liberalism.”
That’s the sort of deeper strategic thinking we need to start doing. Let’s start thinking less about political parties and more about the ideological coalitions that lie beneath them.
And rather than debating whether we want to burn something down, let’s start talking about whether we want to build up something new.