‘I Love You on Everything … Except Politics”

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Love the paleo and 21 convention stuff but clearly have very little understanding of who Thomas Jefferson was all about. Cut the libertarian bull-shite.

This is a common comment for me to receive. It essentially says “I agree with and believe you are right on a staggeringly wide array of topics … with the exception of politics.”

What’s most tragic about this comment (besides the fact that I am NOT a libertarian) is that people aren’t more curious about their, usually very passionate, disagreement with me on this single specific topic. People just bury their heads in the sand on it, in spite of the fact that I have been at the spearhead of what amounts to one of the best comprehensive resources of knowledge in the world.

It’s as if viewers and readers go down a check list of topics that I spread information about, and rank what they find.

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It’s an enormous anomaly staring people in the face, that they write off as insignificant or a fluke.

REALLY?

Who really believes I’ve been so diligent on such a wide spectrum of knowledge that I would make a glaring mistake and get something not a “little bit” wrong, but completely, utterly, and totally fucking wrong?  The error is of course not with me, but with the individual who still has not grasped that contradictions are not possible, and that therefore there are no contradictions in reality.

To those that have grasped this concept my political convictions are similar if not the exact same to your own. In fact nothing else is even possible. The conclusions I have come to are logical and fully coherent. Anything else would be incoherent and inconsistent.

Hence the saying “Rational people come to the same conclusions.”

Of course they do. We’re all dealing with the same reality that exists independent of our ability to perceive it. This doesn’t make us all clones, it makes us sane and right. Yes, the borderline forbidden “right”; as in “I’m right and you’re wrong.”

Of further interest to me is the paradox that my political convictions are better, clearer, and more fully developed than any other set, yet, are what is most frequently disagreed upon. Few people hold my political convictions for example and call me “full of shit” when it comes to nutrition and exercise. It simply hasn’t happened yet, and it may never happen.

I think this is a reflection of the depth of thought required to come to the political conclusions I have. It’s higher level thinking that deals directly with life, death, and violence scenarios. Nutrition takes years if not decades to kill, and it kills slowly.

Sarcopenia in the face of a lack of proper exercise takes even longer to result in lowered quality of life, serious injury, and perhaps death.

The fact that politics ultimately deals with a gun in your face an immediate death requires serious moral courage to face and make the proper conclusions on. Many people lack this. Some will develop it in a long enough time span. Most will not.

— Anthony Dream Johnson

About Anthony Dream Johnson

CEO, founder, and architect of The 21 Convention, Anthony Dream Johnson is the leading force behind the world's first and only "panorama event for life on earth". He has been featured on WGN Chicago, and in the NY Times #1 best seller The Four Hour Work Week.    His stated purpose for the work he does is "the actualization of the ideal man", a purpose that has led him to found and host The 21 Convention across 3 continents and for 6 years in a row. Anthony blogs vigorously at TheDreamLounge.net and Declarationism.com.

27 Responses to ‘I Love You on Everything … Except Politics”

  1. Berny January 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    You are so correct, I am very happy to have stumbled upon you and your site.
    Ron Paul is the one who can change the whole Political/Government system. I love your paleo, workout and relationship info. Keep up the good work.
    I have complied similar info to you on my site, except you have gone much, much more in-depth. Respect

  2. MIkeG January 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    If I were to disagree with you on anything it would not be Ron Paul support.

    Perhaps this line “I have been at the spearhead of what amounts to one of the best comprehensive resources of knowledge in the world” The 21c is not this, its by far the best dating/fitness convention for certain, but 4-5 days of guys discussing the best ways to get laid and ripped would not be “the best comprehensive resoursce of knowledge” in such a general sence, if you were to specifiy “best dating for men and overall fitness seminar” I would agree, but otherwise your head would have to have found a nice warm spot in your bum, to believe that

    as far as I can remeber I agree with bascially everything your saying on each topic (including politics) but you seem to think your convention is more than it is, which is very common, for people to believe that they are at the apex of awesome. People were getting laid and ripped before 2007, hard to beleive I know, but its true

    • Anthony Dream Johnson January 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

      It used to be just a dating convention.

      Then it became the best dating convention.

      Then it became the longest running dating convention.

      Then it became the first multi-national dating convention.

      Then it became a dating and health convention.

      Then it became a dating and health convention that incorporated entrepreneurship, business, economics, philosophy, and self-defense into the same event.

      People like you continue to criticize. I continue to kick ass.

      The 21 Convention continues to be the single best comprehensive resource for valid information in the world.

      No where else in the world do you see these topics coherently woven together into the same event/movement/website.

      This is a fact, not an opinion.

    • Anthony Dream Johnson January 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

      Edit: I just realized you equated my political convictions with supporting Ron Paul. While that is definitely the most pressing issue of the day … that is a gross reduction of declarationism, my political philosophy.

  3. I hate myself January 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    You are correct on most political issues, but severely mistaken on foreign policy since you endorse the soverignty of dictatorhips abroad.

    You are correct about most issues related to exercise, but fail to recognize that SuperSlow (now RenEx) is the best form of HIT.

    • Anthony Dream Johnson January 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

      I endorse the rule of law.

      The rule of law does not authorize hunting down every dictatorship on the planet. It certainly does not permit performing this hunt on money printed out of thin air, or with a military draft.

      And it specifically prohibits the executive branch from starting wars.

      This is the sum of what you endorse, because you are uninformed, misinformed, or a sheep.

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      RenEx is about to criticize motorized resistance machines. While their gravity based machines are the best gravity based machines you can buy, they pale in comparison to motorized resistance for an experienced and motivated trainee, and they always will.

      While Ken Hutchins is a genius and SuperSlow is light years better than what’s currently popular, their claim is about their machines against motorized machines seriously undermines RenEx in it’s entirety.

      And until they get behind Bill DeSimone, there is a gaping hole in their philosophy as far as I am concerned.

      • Joe A January 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

        @Anthony

        Care to expound upon this statement?

        “While their gravity based machines are the best gravity based machines you can buy, they pale in comparison to motorized resistance for an experienced and motivated trainee, and they always will.”

        What do you believe is being offered with the motorized resistance that makes it better?

        You said:
        “And until they get behind Bill DeSimone, there is a gaping hole in their philosophy as far as I am concerned.”

        What part of Bill’s work do see RenEx as “not behind”?

  4. I hate myself January 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    You undermine your credibility when you make straw man arguments such as saying that I endorse “hunting down every dictatorhip on the planet,” printing money or the military draft. That’s how leftists argue, by false package-dealing.

    The rule of law permits us to defend out rightful interests against aggression initiated by dictatorships. You insist that America is the aggressor because we’re infringing on their “soverignty,” thereby sanctioning the right of a dictatorhip to exist at all. That is inconsistent with the philosophy of individual rights.

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    Your muscles have no awareness of the souce of reistance used during exercise; all that matters are the biomechanics and resistance curves of the machines, and RenEx is far superior to anything else out there in that respect. The motorized machines you’ve featured on here offer crude movements by comparison.

    Bill D’s philosophy of restricting ROM to avoid joint stress is errant since the amount of force encountered during proper resistance training is far below the threshold required to damage a healthy joint. A certain amount of regular stress on the joints is actually required to maintain the health of the articular cartilage; few people realize it, but the main cause of primary osteoarthritis is catrilage weakening resulting from INADEQUATE exposure to joint stress over time. While Bill’s methods may have valid applications for people with pre-existing joint problems, a healthy person should not restrict his ROM to sheild his joints from stress.

    • Anthony Dream Johnson January 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

      The federal government of the United States is authorized to go to war when a declaration of war is made by the elected congress.

      At no other time is it permitted to go to war with another nation, regardless of whether it is a dictatorship or not.

      The executive branch of the government between the States, was delegated the power to carry out the war, as declared by the congress.

      There hasn’t been a declared war since WW2, making every war since ILLEGAL.

      This is my problem with war, and it is Ron Paul’s primary problem with it as well.

      It would be your problem with it as well if you were able to think clearly. What do you have without an absolute respect for the rule of law?

      You have nothing but war mongerers like yourself, no better than a religious zealot out on a “holy war”.

      Wars of aggression should be an absolute last resort. This is the only way in hell they are rational. And they should always be carried out lawfully.

    • Anthony Dream Johnson January 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

      War today comes as a package: it comes funded by income tax, legal tender laws, and the federal reserve. It comes with a potential draft.

      This is not a “false” package, it is THE package you get with war RIGHT NOW IN THIS MOMENT.

      You’re a fucking moral coward if you support forcing young men to go die for some worthless cause, decided by intellectually bankrupt old men, paid for by a whip on your back.

      You claim to be an objectivist? Ayn Rand would smack you sideways.

      • Gold Investor January 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

        I do not favor what is, but what OUGHT to be. To support war against a particular country or regime does not in any way imply support for taxation, inflation or the military draft. A rational man can separate those concepts; I guess you aren’t rational.

        • Paul January 31, 2012 at 5:32 am #

          The only thing i don’t like about Ron Paul are his views about foreign policy. At the same time it’s the ONLY thing leftists love about him (besides legalizing pot). Makes you wonder!

          I supported every war the USA has started over the last years since my youth, even if I don’t agree with the particular execution of these. European pacifists and other irrational people don’t criticize the war because of its package deal (they don’t give a damn about the draft, taxes and individual rights; even I was drafted 4 years ago) but because they somehow adore those more anti-capitalist dictatorships.

  5. MikeG January 30, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    “”Then it became a dating and health convention that incorporated entrepreneurship, business, economics, philosophy, and self-defense into the same event””
    – You had 1 talk on money, 1 talk on sales and markketing( by a pua guy wtf?) 1 talk on self defence etc. IF you take the “dating for men” portion out of the convention you have a collection of random talks, with slight emphasis on health. You have a great product which is a seminar for men to get laid and ripped.

    If I invent the best vaccum cleaner thats sooo good and soo cheap, and blows all other vaccums outa the water and sucks in millions of dollars for me, Im not gunna start saying that my vaccum is apex of invention, it brings people together, it keeps families together, a single dust particle could not even live in the same house as my cleaner etc..

    “”People like you continue to criticize”
    – I am not criticzing, I love your product it serves ITS function well being a great mens dating seminar + fitness. Im sorry, and surprised to hear people criticize such an overtly great product

    I continue to kick ass.
    – I agree you put out a great convention, that improves every year, and I look forward to seeing each time

    “”The 21 Convention continues to be the single best comprehensive resource for valid information in the world.””
    – This statement is nonesence, every peer review journal wins over this convention 100% of the time every year hands down, and its not even close. Why say this is something it isnt, just be happy your putting out a great product year after year, that people love and look forward. its not the best everything in world for everyone all the time though lol

    I think the convention is great, and I am skeptical of the idea that people are critizing your convention based on its content in its fields ( mens dating + fitness)

    however your statement is laughable and such an over reach hear.

    ( side note) if your considering TED to be in your bracket of competition IE a collection of seminars on a variety of topics etc, then TED smacks the21c, and thats okay.

  6. Anti-Zion, pro-paul January 31, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Ron Paul is the anti-Zionist candidate….Zionism is the most derisive issue in america… now you know why ÿour “politics” is the most derisive issue on The Dream Lounge.

  7. Anti-Zion, pro-paul January 31, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    I love you on everything but….Ayn Rand (alyssa Rosenbaum) and objectivist philosophy. i suppose Ron Paul named his son, Rand Paul after that atrocity, tsk tsk.

    get straightened out here….http://aynrandcontrahumannature.blogspot.com/

    • Anthony Dream Johnson January 31, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

      Ron Paul named his son Randal. It has nothing to do with Ayn Rand. Rand Paul stated this himself in his 2010 senate campaign. He simply goes by Rand for short… the same way Ronald Paul goes by Ron Paul.

      That blog makes me want to puke.

  8. Anti-Zion, pro-paul January 31, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    oh thats good to know about Randal Paul.

    Ayn Rand contra human nature shows exactly that– her ideas are contrary to human nature, with a thorough understanding, in time you will see she was nothing more then a zionist change-agent with bankrupt ideas.

    exerpt from a comment….

    You forgot to mention that she modeled one of her heroes after a real psychopath : Edward Hickman.

    Good point. What she wrote about Hickman is quite revealing. It shows that she was attracted to Hickman, not for his crimes (which she deplored), but for his disdain for what other people thought. She wrote, “He [i.e., Hickman] doesn’t understand, because thankfully he has no organ for understanding, the necessity, meaning, or importance of other people. Other people do not exist for him and he does not understand why they should.” [Heller, Ayn Rand and the World She Made, 70]

  9. Joshua Trentine January 31, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    This thread was brought to my attention.

    Motrrized machines are perhaps the worst idea i’ve seen in a very long time.

    We will address these issues in the DUMPERS series on the RenEx page.

  10. Joshua Trentine January 31, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    “there is a gaping hole in their philosophy as far as I am concerned.”

    What is the hole?

    Joshua

  11. Joshua Trentine January 31, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    It will strike many as antagonistic, even combative to issue any sort of diatribe against motorized resistance devices but we must report what we feel is right. Motorized resistance instruments may be marvels off engineering and may be designed with the noblest of motives but unless their abilities conform to what we know about proper equipment function and more importantly exercise, they remain a near miss.

    • Anthony Dream Johnson January 31, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

      Josh, I’m totally open to reading the post and seeing what RenEx has to say on motorized equipment — I just think the conclusions will be wrong, and sincerely believe motorized resistance leaves gravity based machines in the dust … even the best of them.

      There aren’t any studies to cite, but I’ll have my own ARX machine in late March and I’ll be using it religiously for months on end, and experimenting on myself in the process.

  12. Joshua Trentine January 31, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    “I just think the conclusions will be wrong”……

    Bold statement considering your level of experience.

    I’ll let the articles do the talking, I welcome your rebuttal.

    I’m the meantime interview Baye or McGguff on this subject since you assume we’re biased, they experienced it both ways–the issues are clear subjectively, but our job is to define the why.

    Joshua

    • Anthony Dream Johnson January 31, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

      Well, considering my age, my experience is well above average. I think only Skyler Tanner would have a one up on me in this regard.

      And, there isn’t a whole lot I say that isn’t bold. It’s more reflective of a general temperament than the topic or statement itself.

      I respect Doug and Drew’s opinions very highly. At the same time, the Arx Fit Omni is a different beast, and I do not believe either of them have had a chance to get their hands on one.

      On top of that, I know Doug has never had a chance to use an ARX machine for months on end. Drew definitely did, it’s how we met, but the machine he had was a very early prototype. All of their machines have improved dramatically since.

  13. Joshua Trentine January 31, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    Same thing.

    I have no idea how old your are, but trust me you are young and out of your league.

    • Anthony Dream Johnson February 6, 2012 at 2:58 am #

      People have been telling me that my entire life. Thus far no one’s been right after saying that.

      If I’m right about motorized resistance machines, I’m right about them, and it has nothing to do with my age. Fortunately, reality is not dictated by the person with the most advanced and well articulated argument.

  14. John Simmons February 6, 2012 at 12:44 am #

    How much do you make in terms of profit on the convention on a per annum basis?

    • Anthony Dream Johnson February 6, 2012 at 2:55 am #

      I like what Arthur Jones once said on the subject.

      “You don’t give people a stick to beat you over the head with”.

      The 21 Convention is a privately owned company.

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