Hello fans, friends and lovers of The Agitator and Radley Balko. My name is Drew Johnson. As Radley mentioned, I am a libertarian/free market activist, writer and policy wonk. I’m from rural Appalachia, where I wrestled wild boars, whittled my first bicycle out of an old magnolia stump, played the washboard in a jug band and grew a beard at age seven as a disguise to hide me from revenuers who found my moonshine stills.
At some point along the way, I was introduced to indoor plumbing, shoes and basic dental care. After that, I went to Belmont in Nashville for undergrad (where I spent most of my time at concerts and playing drums) and to Pepperdine in Malibu for grad school (where I spent most of my time sitting at the beach and trying to spot famous people at Starbucks).
I’ve worked at the National Taxpayers Union, founded and served as president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research and served as a Senior Fellow at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance. Just last week, I became the editorial page editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Basically, my goal is to advance individual liberty and limited government – and make fun of politicians and bureaucrats who are dipshits, assholes or douchebags along the way.
But most importantly for the purposes of The Agitator, my special lady and I have little a nine-month-old beagle/basset rescue named Nola Mae. (More on her – the dog, not the special lady – in a few days.)
Over the next few days, I’ll probably post about music, Memphis BBQ joints, the Big Lebowski and fireworks, as well as plug any nationally-focused or reasonably interesting things I write about or come across. Since (I assume) most folks who read The Agitator are skeptical of government, don’t like innocent people being thrown in jail, think armored tanks are an unnecessary accessory for a small-scale pot bust and/or don’t like cops beating the hell out of people for no good reason, I’ll also spent some time illustrating simple ways to prevent, reduce or expose the abuse of power by government that you can try at home.
Thanks to Radley for giving me the chance to reach out to his readers and write alongside a very accomplished, passionate and interesting group of folks.