What is the Republic of Awesome?

The Republic of Awesome is the collection of contradictions spawned when frontier independence collides with politics and greed.  The ROA is a place where “conservatives” froth at Obamacare but champion federal farm subsidies. A region where ranchers are celebrated for refusing to pay for grazing their cattle on public land while hungry children and veterans on food stamps are considered “moochers.” In the ROA armed militiamen are acquitted for brazenly seizing federal property while Native Americans protesting oil pipelines slicing through their land are arrested en masse. Despite the ROA being covered in a sea of laboratory-approved, genetically-modified corn, the science behind man-made climate change is considered a hoax.

Why me?

I’ve written about music, movies, politics, food, farming and the environment for outlets like the Washington DC City Paper, Politico, Grist, Civil Eats, the Huffington Post, and the Food and Environment Reporting Network.

From my family’s fourth-generation South Dakota farm, to running the kitchen at a hunting lodge, to farm country political campaigns, to federal agriculture and environmental policy work in Washington, D.C., I’ve been professionally involved in theses issues for the past fifteen years.

Thank you for your time.

Don Carr



Don Carr


  1. Daron petit

    “Conservatives and liberals” alike are hypocrites. Generally speaking they both seek to maximize their welfare while minimizing the welfare of the other. As Bastiat noted- government is the fairy tale of everyone living at the expense of everyone else.

  2. Don Carr

    Daron — truly privileged that you are the ROA’s first comment. Couldn’t agree with you more, though the hypocrisies are truly more weighted on the conservative side for those who decry government for some but keep their hands out.

  3. Blaze

    Where do I get an ROA tshirt and/or bumper sticker?