On December 6, 2022 the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) hosted an important discussion regarding the whether the center-right should embrace enhanced antitrust state power.
IPI says of the panel, “Increasingly, voices on the center-right, including elected officials, opinion leaders and grassroots activists are developing a strange new respect for using government antitrust powers to achieve their political goals. Historically, conservatives have been skeptics of government antitrust power, embracing the “consumer welfare standard” described by Judge Robert Bork in his seminal book on antitrust.
But today, frustrated market results in tech and other industries, some populists on the center-right are dipping their toes into the unfamiliar waters of enthusiasm for antitrust regulation. In some cases, the results have been humorous, with advocates demonstrating lack of familiarity with the technical terms and legal structure of antitrust law. But more seriously, what does it mean that traditional skeptics of government power over the economy are suddenly embracing it? And what might be the consequences for the economy, for innovation, for entrepreneurship, and for the future of the center-right, if it joins progressives in believing in government power to achieve favored outcomes?”
Jessica Melugin – Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI)
Jennifer Huddleston – NetChoice
Edward Longe – James Madison Institute (FL)
Tom Giovanetti – Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI)
Moderator: Bartlett Cleland – IPI and Innovation Policy Alliance