I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if someone is trying to sell you a solution that purports to be “beyond Left and Right” and is anything other than plain old liberalism, what they’re trying to sell is fascism. Indeed, I eagerly await the Milbank article that will lament the fact that the laudable legacy of Italian fascism has been tarred through its unfortunate association with Nazism. (His dissociation of Schmitt from the authentic Catholic political tradition is a nice step down this path already, though.)
Another highlight of this article is its strange emphasis on Methodism. Excluded from the good kinds of Christianity, though not explicitly mentioned: Lutheran and Reformed traditions, presumably because of their voluntarist (i.e., nihilist) foundations. Weirdly, though, Islam, which is surely the ultimate in voluntarism in Milbank’s mind, gets a couple positive references — continuing the pattern of opportunism in his recent articles, where he’ll happily take up an alliance with, for example, Enlightenment values when it serves his immediate rhetorical purposes.
In addition, his desire to reform the House of Lords, presumably to make it more aristocratic, might help him to find an audience in Tea Party circles, where it’s become something of a trend to try to roll back the popular election of senators and go back to an appointment system. I could also definitely see the “Big Society” idea catching on among Tea Partiers, above all because it sounds really principled but doesn’t come anywhere close to representing an actual political program.