What are some things red states can do to encourage innovation and desirable economic development? Where can they build on existing advantages to take the lead nationally in important sectors in ways that enhance rather than dilute our values?
This is particularly important in financial services, where hostile institutions are increasingly a threat.
It is an opportunity to take a lead on disruptive educational models (both lower and higher)—another area the left dominates, and innovation is likely to be heavily shaped or limited by policy.
And while most Silicon Valley-style innovation has focused on the digital world, red states may be able to gain an advantage in innovations that touch the physical world—where blue state regulation is often particularly constricting. But it should be done in ways that elevate and empower red state citizens and build local businesses; these shouldn’t just be regulatory arbitrage plays for companies whose focus (and values) remain in Silicon Valley. Construction and logistics seem like enormous spaces ripe for innovation where Silicon Valley has struggled, and red states could take a lead.