Chris Awalt

Contributor

Chris Awalt often finds himself the most liberal person in a room full of conservatives. Or the most conservative person in a room full of liberals. Or the most passionate person in a room full of moderates. He is, that is to say, a contrarian, a fly in the ointment, an outlier, a misfit. Having wasted his youth pursuing a life of Christian fundamentalism he has made every attempt to correct the balance at middle life by going off-grid, indulging in profligate mindfulness, and sinking his teeth into a principled and undisciplined wastrelism. He is full of contradictions and not above a little bombast.
Having grown up on a small horse farm in Texas in a town that was built around two things and two things only – oil and Friday Night Football – Chris came to have the small-town values that are characteristic of bible-thumping country. Though he was a Baptist, he learned to read, and eventually came across works by the likes of Emerson, Nietzsche, Gadamer and Ayn Rand. Through reading these and many, many others he became convinced that the purpose of society is basically to form a structural system for bossing people around. He struggled against Foucault but had to admit that the guy had a point. When he became a man and put away his childish philosophies, therefore, he came to appreciate those who ask questions and march to their own drummer.
Chris has degrees in Political Science and back in the day he thought he would eventually become a professor and the Next Great Thinker. Alas, life had other plans. He has been a traveling salesman, a college paper churner, a poet, a curriculum expert, a VP of marketing, a freelance writer, a wannabe artist, a father, a carpenter, a boy toy for a wealthy woman, an unemployed drain on society, a Pollyanna, and a hermit. He blogs about politics at truthtomendacity.blogspot.com and operates an artful living website with his two little girls at chilledart.com. He likes to take photos... boy, does he like to take photos. He also likes to think. He hopes you do, too.

As of September 15, 2017, Chris's 27 articles like "WickEditorial" have totaled 3.3M views and shares.

Chris's 27 most recent articles:

FEB 20 2013
AND Magazine
The Independent

On Second Thought...

Rethinking the Purpose of the Second Amendment
"How valuable is a right to free speech when the soldiers show up at your door?"

FEB 18 2013
AND Magazine
Literature

WickEditorial

An Author Discusses His Book
"I would like, now, to offer Book 1 of Wick free to AND readers for a limited time."

MAY 22 2012
AND Magazine
Columns

Coming out party

Crashing the Party on Obama's Marriage Equality Announcement
"Maybe it's time for the President to earn his Nobel Peace Prize."

MAY 09 2012
AND Magazine
Columns

Sorry, Charlie

Rethinking Charles Manson
"What Manson did was unprecedented, but the man himself is not without precedent."

APR 10 2012
AND Magazine
The Independent

potus v. scotus

The Week in Rebuke
"Obama may lose his healthcare law because the Democrats nominated Mondale. And Dukakis. And Kerry."

MAR 29 2012
AND Magazine
The Independent

The Sermon for today

On Racism, White People, and Trayvon Martin
"When Will We Stop Saying... "OK, I'll Put Down My Gun. But You first"?"

MAR 27 2012
AND Magazine
Columns

Boxed In

The Rhetoric of the President
"You'd think that a man who has been compared to Lincoln would know: Words mean things."

MAR 25 2012
AND Magazine
Entertainment

Truly. Madly. Deeply.

America's Love Affair with Mad Men Resumes
"America, in every moment before and after the sixties, promises what it cannot deliver."

MAR 24 2012
AND Magazine
Columns

Too Big to Quell

Should we bother trying to silence Rush?
"Has Mr. Limbaugh, in his shoot-from-the-hip style, finally shot himself in the foot?"

MAR 19 2012
AND Magazine
Columns

Rush Limbaugh: The truth

Behind the man, the microphone, and the motivation to offend
"Has Mr. Limbaugh, in his shoot-from-the-hip style, finally shot himself in the foot?"

FEB 14 2012
AND Magazine
The Independent

Rebranding the Presidency

New Labels. Same Old Products.
"We will be left with Coke or Pepsi, newly-labeled, freshly-discounted, but still tasting the same."

FEB 12 2012
AND Magazine
Entertainment

The Golden Age of TV

20 Shows You Should Be Watching
"Who says we don't make anything anymore as a nation? We make really great television."

JAN 25 2012
AND Magazine
The Independent

Spilt Milk

The State of the Election Address, Diane Sawyer, and more...
"Will we be saved from the calamity of making our own decisions?"

JAN 19 2012
AND Magazine
The Independent

Political Poll dancers

Put Your Hands Together for Our Next Entertainer
"I can't get worked up... they all just seem kind of skanky to me."

NOV 02 2011
AND Magazine
The Independent

Razing Cain

Why Can't a Black Man Be Conservative in America?
"Stop with this nonsense of trying to bring the man down because he is a black conservative."

OCT 24 2011
AND Magazine
Entertainment

glee as zeitgeist

How a Little Show About Music and Teenagers Became So Big
"The show has a strong human heart at the center of its swirling orchestrations."

OCT 13 2011
AND Magazine
Columns

The Presidential Race

The Racial President. One and the Same.
"Take off your slippers and put on your marching shoes and get in line."

OCT 13 2011
AND Magazine
The Independent

The first 1000 days

What a Difference 900 Days Make
"The President remains a passionate advocate for reform, but he has not used his capital wisely."

OCT 08 2011
AND Magazine
The Independent

A Self-evident Truth

Though Perhaps a Little Inconvenient
"If we don't have any hand in shaping the rules, the game is fixed against us."

OCT 07 2011
AND Magazine
The Independent

on Slaying the dragon

Some Preliminary Thoughts on a Guide to Activism
"For too long we have allowed the powers in Washington and the money in New York to divide us."

SEP 22 2011
AND Magazine
Music

The end of the world

As We Know It.
"Let's remember them in the blush of their youth, as full-throated, lyric-garbling rock star enigmas."

SEP 09 2011
AND Magazine
The Independent

snow jobs

What the President Said and What He Should
"Would it be possible to question the President's program without being called unfair?"

AUG 24 2011
AND Magazine
Columns

The Mad hatter strikes

Out. Not Again.
"When attempting to change people's hearts and minds you shouldn't begin by assaulting their eyes."

AUG 23 2011
AND Magazine
Columns

Meanwhile, on the farm

In which the Author uses Pot as a Metaphor for Politics
"No need to explain it – just open a bag of cheese doodles and feel certain that you are anointed."

AUG 17 2011
AND Magazine
The Independent

This is nothing new

Watch. Wince. Repeat.
"Why should we worry about the past?"

AUG 15 2011
AND Magazine
The Independent

We are anonymous

how the BART affairs leads us closer to the edge
"This story is not about Anonymous. It is about us, the anonymous. Who will speak for us?"

AUG 05 2011
AND Magazine
The Independent

No Kids Allowed!

a nascent social movement turns the tables on the Children
"For too long politicians and society alike have handled the members of this group with kid's gloves."

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