Political conflict today is really between two forms of liberalism, classical and progressive, which not only need each other, but provide necessary tools for their opposition. Market atomization and individual personal freedom are two sides of the same coin, which must necessarily destroy traditional culture, community, and result in an aristocracy of belief and wealth based on a Noble Lie which claims equality of humanity but encourages massive personal inequality.
So argues Patrick Deneen in a recent essay:
The Tragedy of Liberalism
Deneen examines three ways that classical and progressive liberalism claim to fight when they are really working together: 1. Liberalism as anti-culture 2. Liberalism against the Liberal Arts 3. The New Liberalocracy.
All our efforts to differentiate, and especially our successes, are accelerating the rise of forces we claim to oppose. I think this explains a lot about the way we are feeling.