a hypothesis I might expand later:
the root of illiberalism is the idea that only the outgroup interacts with ultra-non-personal lovecraftian forces.
i.e. the classically conservative Mrs.Grundy thinks that every punk rock band has a direct line to the Egregore of Anarchism, but the most fanatically devoted scholar of Wagnerian Opera couldn’t possibly have had any contact at all with the Egregore of German Nationalism.
and this is what justifies preemptive force against the outgroup, they’re all unwitting agents of the dark gods.