Although I’m sure you won’t agree with any of this, here goes:
I would argue that neoliberalism — at least in its post Cold War, globalist guise — is intellectually omnivorous (or better said, opportunistic).
There is most definitely an observable Venn overlap between neoliberalism and progressivism (more I would argue — again, if circumstances were more open to meaningful dialogue — than there is between neoliberalism and traditional conservatism):
Both believe in open borders — progressives because of multiculturalism, neolibs because their free market ideology compels them to reduce labor to a fungible commodity.
Both believe in globalism — progressives because they hate the ethnic roots of most Western nation states, neolibs because of their thrall to transnational corporations which predisposes them towards multilateralism (WTO, EU, NAFTA, et al).
And both believe in technocratic solutions — progressives because they love statism and neolibs as a residual of their elite education cronyism and Master of the Universe sense of noblesse oblige.
In fact, I’d go so far as to characterize progressives as the neoliberals’ Useful Idiots (See: the relationship between Geroge Soros and many radical left organizations). As the current political situation in both the US and Europe demonstrate, if effective opposition to globalist neoliberalism is going to come, it’s going to come via the nationalist right (Trump, Brexiteers, France’s FN, Hungary’s Fidesz, Poland’s Law and Justice) and not the progressive left.
So no, hate to break it to you, but I don’t think I’m confused at all. But I understand that, as is your right, you’re probably not interested in my opinion.
C’est la vie.