Scott Payne takes a look at possible points of convergence between conservatives and liberals on social justice issues. I’m sympathetic to a lot of what he has to say, but it’s worth remembering that while conservatives’ preferred policy outcomes may align with liberal concerns in certain areas, their respective justifications for, say, protecting the environment or avoiding costly foreign wars are radically different. For example, Russell Kirk’s view of an enduring moral order may translate into conservative sentiment in favor of protecting our national parks, but there’s no broader ideological impetus from the Right to address structural inequalities within our society. Social justice is concerned with up-ending the status quo in favor of historically marginalized groups. Conservatives are typically more comfortable with preserving custom, hierarchy, and tradition.
Libertarians, on the other hand, tend to agree with liberalism’s ideological premises, so perhaps “liberaltarianism” is the most promising avenue for Left-Right collaboration.