Ezra Klein, a liberal blogger at the Washington Post, makes a key distinction in his profile on conservative tech-policy advocate Derek Khanna. Klein writes:
There’s a difference between being the party of free markets and the party of existing businesses. Excessively tough copyright law is good for big businesses with large legal departments but bad for new businesses that can’t afford a lawyer. And while Khanna, like many young conservative thinkers, believes in free markets, the Republican Party is heavily funded by big businesses.
Klein mentions the broader raft of copyright issues, which, as I wrote when Khanna was let go in November, often pits big businesses against free markets. Klein also touches on the growing conservative case against the Big Banks — featuring my AEI colleague Jim Pethokoukis.
Klein is, justifiably, dubious that GOP will really follow the growing wave of free-market populism pushed by the likes of Khanna and Pethokoukis. I would add that two big signs the GOP is siding with business over liberty is the tendency of many GOP states to embrace Obamacare.