The terms Left and Right derive from the French Revolution. In 1791, when the French Legislative Assembly sat, those loyal to the king sat on the right of the chamber. Those who supported the revolution sat on the left. It is a seating pattern that continues to this day in our own parliament. The party in government, being the established power, sits on the right wing; the opposition on the left. But it is lamentable that this historical quirk has so captured our lexicon. Even in revolutionary France it told us nothing about questions of substantive policy. At different times, the Left included socialists and supporters of laissez-faire economics. There are many things that are worth importing from France: cheese and fashion, for example. Political nomenclature is not among them. The sketch given here is of a renewed liberal conservatism which is broad and preliminary. What is certain is that it is time to conceive of a politics that leaves behind neoliberal neo-conservatism in search of something less reactionary and more principled.