Hometown: Hampton, NH
Birthday: July 5
Beat: Editor for Malden Patch
Chris was born in New York but moved to his adopted hometown of Hampton, NH when he was nine years old. He's taken the whole New England thing wicked friggin' serious ever since.
He graduated from Clark University with a degree in international relations and philosophy, and has masqueraded as a journalist ever since, in both Southern California and New Hampshire.
This is a major plus, as he possesses no other marketable skills.
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“Politics is the shadow cast on society by big business.” - John Dewey
"Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed." - I.F. Stone
I am a left-leaning libertarian, in the sense that I want to preserve human liberty but also envision a free society in which we progressively tax the rich – sorry, rich dudes. Basically, I want the government and other institutions to stay the hell out of my personal life, and also feel international corporations will be more of a threat to liberty in the long-run than any government.
I have voted for Nader in every Presidential election, though the votes were in Massachusetts and California – had I lived in a swing state, I admit it would've been a harder decision.
"A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." - Nietzsche
I'm an agnostic atheist (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnostic_atheism), or as Richard Dawkins once summarized: “I am agnostic only to the extent that I am agnostic about fairies at the bottom of the garden.”
That being said, I am always up for a friendly discussion about the metaphysical, and have a long-standing invitation to any proselytizer at my doorstep to come inside for a cup of coffee.