Since such a thing doesn’t currently exist in our political system, such a thread hadn’t been created yet. But I figured this was as good a time as any, and it serves a good place to throw this article.
This is an interesting piece about the Niskansen Center, named after an economist who worked with Reagan but came to doubt the efficacy of many of the economic principles embraced by the GOP. They’ve gone on to abandon a lot of the dogma surrounding the GOP and Libertarianism, while still pushing for increases in liberty. But they’ve performed studies that support the idea that increased social safety net programs are not at odds with this idea, and instead increase overall personal liberty.
The pathological character of the Republican Party is the most important problem in American politics. It has taken decades to develop to its current deformed state, and will not be solved quickly. There is no way to imagine the current incarnation of the GOP getting to the place Niskanen envisions any time soon. Niskanen’s manifesto contains multiple points of overlap with the prevailing orientation of the Democratic Party, and almost none with the prevailing orientation of the Republican Party. One can imagine a future in which the Democrats move toward socialism, opening a void in the center for the ideas espoused by Niskanen to take hold in something that perhaps shares the name, but otherwise none of the important ideological traits, of today’s Republican Party.
That distant point probably lies years, even decades, away. It can only happen after today’s Republican Party is destroyed, rendered incapable of wielding power at the national level, and its governing philosophy discredited completely. The Niskanen Center is the one institution planning for what can follow after the cleansing fire.