Editor’s Note: The following essay is reprinted with permission from the Niskanen’s Center “Defending the Open Society” series. Read more here. You can read more from Robert S. Taylor on republican political theory in his new book,Exit Left: Markets and Mobility in Republican Thought.
The 2016 elections transformed the Republican Party—and not for the better. A party that had been deeply committed since Goldwater and Reagan to the open society, limited government, and global leadership to promote liberal-democratic values was now the party of xenophobia, trade protectionism, crony capitalism, and isolationism. Donald Trump’s corruption of the Republican Party—and the republic itself—can only be cured through repeated, humiliating electoral defeats. I hope these are coming,Read More »