In the last hours before a final vote on the second COVID stimulus bill, two members of Congress had the same principled reaction to a very important point. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and Representative Justin Amash both tweeted their disgust that mere hours before a pivotal vote on the omnibus COVID stimulus bill, the text had not yet been delivered to legislators for them to read. When it did arrive, just over an hour before the vote, it was over 5,500 pages long.

That these two Representatives are on the same side of an issue should tell you how universally…


“Merit itself is, in large part, the result of luck” and, “Meritocracy is not only wrong; it’s bad” argues Mark Clifton in his recent article for Aeon. That’s a tough pill to swallow for Americans, for whom merit is not just part of our cultural identity, but our economic structure. Indeed, merit is a key part of our complicated fiscal system and a necessary ingredient of all free markets. If we want to be neither “wrong” nor “bad,” should we toss both merit and the free market out the window?

If the goal is helping more people out of poverty…


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has a storied history of standing up for fundamental rights enshrined in the United States Constitution. In some cases, that has meant taking principled stands, despite negative popular opinion of their case or client. Times have changed, however, and the ACLU has shifted their priorities. In the last few years, the ACLU is better known for seeking cheap headlines over principled legal work. That’s a bad sign for our constitutional rights, which are already on shaky ground. …


With the holiday season underway, executive orders that put government interests and revenues above the basic principle of equality under the law are putting a damper on the holiday spirit. The most recent intrusion in my own backyard is an executive order from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf arbitrarily banning the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. Wolf says these measures are intended to mitigate an increased risk of exposure to Covid-19. …


It was a bit of a shock when the FBI announced they had successfully thwarted an attempt to violently overthrow the established government of Michigan and kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer. This is the first major headline of this kind in recent memory, and it was quickly followed by news of a kidnap plot of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. It seemed wild, even for these times.

Yet, to be honest, we shouldn’t have been too surprised. In our awful, tragic culture war, we’ve been careening toward these sorts of outrageous tactics for quite some time. It doesn’t have to be this…


Over the past week, the first presidential debate has been on the minds of many Americans. It’s been called “a national embarrassment,” “a disgrace” and in at least one case referred to as a “hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a trainwreck” on national TV.

In my world, the most telling quote came from a contact who I know for a fact has a painting of Donald Trump as a crusader knight as his phone background. Even this die-hard Trump supporter told me: “Trump went too far, and I don’t know where he goes from here.”

If even the…


There are a lot of people in the world who care about liberty, and only a small number of them are getting paid to pursue that passion. I want to change that. If you want to see the world become more free, if you want to be part of the positive change this world needs: I wrote this book for you.

“Work for Liberty” is now available on Amazon. It’s a resource guide to help you find jobs, internships, fellowships, and community in the liberty movement.

I wrote this book because you should be getting paid to pursue liberty.

Conservatives…


This article was first published on ConnerDrigotas.com

The question of electability has haunted the Libertarian Party for years. At its best, the historical trend is confusing. At worst, critics claim it paints a picture of an organization with no hope of electoral success. The latter is wrong. The time for liberty is coming sooner than you might think. Americans can elect a Libertarian, and there is a clear path for victory on the local, state, and federal levels.

I count myself lucky to be among those who work full time for liberty: professionally, and as a volunteer. Following a disappointing…


This op ed appeared on ConnerDrigotas.com and in the Washington Times

With under one hundred days until the general election, the first presidential debate is just weeks away. The televised argument will unfold against a backdrop of contentious social strife and some of the worst polarization in American political history. But despite many Americans’ desire for options outside the two major parties, there will likely only be two podiums on the debate stage.

For an America that is becoming increasingly politically fractured, that’s not good enough anymore.

The Commission on Presidential Debates is an ostensibly nonpartisan nonprofit organization that “has…


This article appeared on ConnerDrigotas.com

The siege against Americans’ right to bear arms continues, this time in the form of judicial inaction.

On June 15, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to take up a series of cases that challenged state laws inhibiting gun ownership, a constitutional right and an efficient means of self-defense. The result? Bad laws will stay on the books in states like New Jersey and Maryland, leading to the further disarming of model citizens. Meanwhile, it’ll be business as usual for violent criminals.

The Court’s denial provides a window for further infringement on the…

Conner Drigotas

pro liberty. Director of Comms and Development at a law firm. Adjunct Professor at a university. all opinions are my own. www.ConnerDrigotas.com

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