Not that classical liberalism has been all that wonderful. Here we have a snitch from a review of T.S. Eliot's Christianity and Culture:
But as we all know, nature abhors a vacuum. The 'nothingness' resulting from liberalism's evacuation of Christian principles will be filled with something. Eliot has an idea:
Liberalism can prepare the way for that which is its own negative: the artificial, mechanized or brutalised control which is a desperate remedy for its chaos.Albeit by a different means, that's what happened to Russia in the 1920's. It's also what happened to Germany--again, by different means--in the early 1930's.
It's not as though Eliot is the first to propose this. Many political theorists hold that a dictatorship will follow a democracy. Now since the US is not, strictly speaking, a 'democracy,' we can all hope that the progress into dictatorship is not a natural result.
He sums it this way:
Unless we can find a pattern into which all problems of life can have their place, we are only likely to go on complicating chaos. So long, for instance, as we consider finance, industry, trade, agriculture merely as competing interests to be reconciled from time to time as best they may, so long as we consider “education” as a good in itself of which everyone has a right to the utmost, without any ideal of the good life for society or for the individual, we shall move from one uneasy compromise to another. (CC, 50)(We should add that "the good life" is NOT sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll, nor wealth.)
But rather than 'hope,' it seems that Eliot would have us pray. Not a bad idea.