Editor of 'National Affairs', Yuval Levin, in plugging a new book offers some excellent political analysis in my opinion:
_"One thing conservatives could learn is [Edmund] Burke's disposition to policy. That is, conservatives, he says, should want to solve public problems before they get so big that they invite more radical solutions. So, he was a reformer. He wanted to be engaged in governing, in a way that today's right doesn't do enough of. [...] There is a kind of recoil from the particulars of governing, from policy, in a lot of the rhetoric on the right. And they would do well to think about policy.
[...] I think the left could learn from Thomas Paine that the greatest oppressors of the poor and the weak in human history have been their governments. This was a strongly held view of Paine's. He was worried about the dangers of public power.
And I think the left in America today as much too cavalier about consolidating power and expanding the power of the government. And they could learn the essential importance of limiting, constraining, channeling that power for the very purposes that they want to serve through politics."_