The Positive Public Domain

From a recent article by David Brooks in the New York Times, speaking about what he characterizes as a wing of the Republican party that is trying to organize itself via an authentic philosophy:

If you don’t have a positive vision of government, you won’t be able to limit the growth of government. If you can’t offer people a vision of what government should do, you won’t be able to persuade them about the things it shouldn’t do.

I don’t know whether there really is a group of Republicans that is thinking that way, but I hear more than a faint echo of IP policy debates. If you don’t have a positive vision of the public domain (the commons, etc.), then you won’t be able to limit the growth of IP rights. And so forth.