Why Did I Become So Interested in Politics?

I wasn’t always interested in politics. In fact, for most of my life up until about 18 months go, I didn’t care one way or the other. Then I discovered the greatest man living, Ron Paul.

Ron Paul opened my eyes to politics — and what a very real, serious, and direct threat government presents to my life, and happiness on this earth.

This is why I became interested in politics: I very quickly, and accurately, gauged the threat government poses to my life, my liberty, and my highest moral purpose in life — my own happiness.

Naturally, and subsequently, I decided I was going to fix government (which starts with understanding the problems we currently face) — fix because I love my life, I love my liberty, and I love my own happiness.

People call me stark raving mad — but who’s the crazy one here?

The IRS puts a gun to your head for not paying your taxes — as if you did not have a right to your own property, the fruits of your own labor, like a slave.

This is a direct threat to your life — like a mugger in the street.

The Federal Government of the American States today would have you believe they have a claim on your life. They don’t. In fact, written law says the exact opposite.

This stuff by the way, isn’t funny.

  • People putting guns to your head? Way not funny.
  • Military slavery — ie “the draft” — even less funny.
  • Not being “allowed” to use your own money and being forced to use fiat funny money? That’s the worst joke of them all — because it is the most sinister one.

… so if you’ve ever wondered why I suddenly became so interested in “politics”, it’s because I wised up to the threat level these fucks pose to my life, liberty, and personal, selfish happiness on this earth.

And I for one, am convinced reality doesn’t have to be this way. I am convinced an ideal government can once again exist that holds individual life and liberty in the highest esteem — and respects those things absolutely.

I am convinced a government can exist on this earth that is 100% voluntarily funded, and in no circumstance whatsoever, can initiate force against you, on the behalf of another individual or group, unless and until you have initiated force or fraud against another human being.

If you think I’m kidding, or anything less than 110% serious, you haven’t read this blog long enough.

What’s more, I intend to fix this problem, because I see government as an obstacle to my conintued existence on this earth — my life — and my developmental progress into the man I can be, and towards the happiness that is possible to me.

“Repeal” government?

That’s for the politicians. I intend to manifest an ideal — to abolish 99% of it — and I will.

The question is not who will let me, but who will stop me?

— 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.

22 Responses to Why Did I Become So Interested in Politics?

  1. JPM May 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Anthony, been reading the blog for a while and absolutely appreciate what you’re doing. I’ve come to similar conclusions of my own for separate reasons, and also think I need to do something about it.

    My challenge for you is this; what is the best way to go about achieving a truly free society? Is it through politics, as you seem to be pursuing with the Ron Paul support? Or activism with things like the 21 Convention? Or is there a preliminary step that hasn’t yet been firmly accomplished?

    Rand famously decried the creation of an Objectivist political party because she believed the culture first had to be reformed, and then the politics would naturally follow. Culture is the soil, politics are the trees that bloom in that soil.

    It is my contention that the best way to reform the culture is with the same weapons that are used currently to destroy reason and individual rights, the same weapons Rand wielded so effectively that in the 1960s when the nascent “libertarian” movement was getting started fully 80% of libertarians said they had joined the movement because of Rand and (Robert) Heinlein.

    That weapon is stories. Fiction: “mere” entertainment.

    How many movies, TV shows, novels and songs do you think celebrate and defend capitalism and individual rights these days?

    If the novels of one woman can have affected so many people and turned them into staunch defenders of liberty, what of the stories of 10 such authors? I think encouraging and helping to create those authors is one of the most important things we can do nowadays to advance the cause of liberty and limit the power of the state.

    Would love to hear your thoughts.

    Also, a couple additional articles on the subject:

  2. SD May 8, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    I am only interested in politics so that I might see a day when I no longer have to think about politics. It disgusts me that there are thousands of people in this country whose lives and livelihoods revolve around politics; people who think politics is an end in itself and have nothing better to do than babble about how to use government to engineer society to their liking. Such people despise liberty precisely because it threatens to end politics as we know it.

    • Anthony Dream Johnson May 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

      “Such people despise liberty precisely because it threatens to end politics as we know it.”


  3. That Guy May 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    The political system of todays I flawed for sure, but what I find diss-appealing about your approach to reform is your tendency towards the extreme.

    “…[putting] guns to your head…”
    “Military slavery”
    Your perception on tax money

    Sure, what you describing here can be logically argued, but at the same time it seems like your putting a huge focus on the worst-case scenario of these circumstances. Your not focusing on reality as it is (unless the IRS really did put a gun to your head, or you really were drafted etc. In witch case I guess my counter point is lacking). As a person you seem fairly admirable, but I am distrustful of people that either preach that they have the answer, or that focus on the extremes. I believe your genuinely looking to make things better, but I cant help feeling that your own personal vendetta towards the government is more important then your commitment to making this a better world.

    I know you love Rand and the whole selfishness = virtue thing, but government isen’t about selfishness. Its about compromise. Ayn made great pointers to the truth, but I don’t believe her message is the truth. She was a person like any other with flaws and blind spots. Albeit she did produce something truly inspiring. Everyone gives up a little of their own, so that the general standard can be raised greatly.

    It would be interesting to read an article discussing what you think is the good thing about the government because painting this topic black or white is a monstrous act reduction. The government involves the lives of 300 million people. Arguing “right” or “wrong” for a topic involving such a huge number just seems…. Lets just say that I doubt that there is a right or wrong to every situation. If you don’t want to compromise then removing yourself from places where vast numbers of people that do want to be part of the government inhabit seems like the answer.

    Who will stop you? Well, some of the topics your arguing for makes me want to stop you. Your world vision is drastically different from mine. Having said that I would never think about framing this as “you” vs “me”. I would hope that I seek to find what’s best for all, and I leave my happiness and fulfillment out of the political equation. For me politics isn’t a question of personal happiness, but of practicality.

    Keep learning and have an open mind. When focus on the negative in the world, then you get a world full of….. well…. negative shit. And I truly believe that the our world view is a reflection of ourselves.

    • James Steele II May 9, 2011 at 4:33 am #

      If you think it is about compromise then you have missed the ultimate axiomatic concept of Ayn Rands philosophy. Existence Exists. You cannot compromise upon absolutes. Just as life is not the avoidance of death, life is not compromise where avoiding death may be. Compromise involves sacrifice. To hold a consistent world view whereby your life is your highest value from which all subsequent values and their virtues extend is to be unyielding and uncompromising in your judgement of it and to only see that government can fill one role and one role only. To remove force from the relationships of man. You may bargain in your relationships, but this is not compromise unless you agree to give a higher value for one that is lower by your judgement. If you state your terms in a mutual relationship and then you are countered to alter these terms by the other consenting in the relationship you can either agree to change your terms or allow them to remain. If changeing your terms results in you receiving less value than you give by your judgement, then you have compromised. If you can agree upon a mutual relationship which still involves the trade of a lower for higher value by your judgement even if it is not the same as your original terms, well then this is no compromise, you have not compromised on your heirachy of values.

      • That Guy May 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

        I wrote what I believed to be a thorough response but I feel pretty punch drunk right now so im just going to make one statement witch I believe sums up what I feel;

        “You may bargain in your relationships, but this is not compromise unless you agree to give a higher value for one that is lower by your judgment.”

        That, is a very….very good way of putting it.

        I still hold true what i wrote in my first post, but i wish i would have argued it through the lens of that statement.

  4. Mr. Mandolin May 9, 2011 at 11:39 am #


    I appreciate what you are saying, and will vote for Ron Paul in the primary, but think it’s a tad simplistic. Have you ever read Edward Herman & Noam Chomsky? If not, I at least recommend checking out this movie on Chomsky & his studies of the media.


    This wiki link gives a pretty good summary too – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda_model

    Things are complicated brah, and if you start analyzing media/corporate interests on a sociological level you realize that there is not even a mountain to climb. It is much more hopeless than that. Man’s worth can be judged in how he reacts to that hopelessness. That said – RON PAUL 2012 😉

    • Anthony Dream Johnson May 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm #


      A “tad simplistic”?

      My friend, you are reading the wrong blog. This is The Dream Lounge. There is hope for the future. Good and evil do exist. Reality is black and white.

      Grab a hold of your balls and wake the fuck up already.

  5. Mr. Mandolin May 9, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    I admit I was being nice with you, sorry –


    I love Ron Paul and have LIVED my life more selfishly than anyone I know, but have you ever really profoundly read people like Mises or Hayek? Or Nassim Taleb? Or Michael Hudson? Or Noam Chomsky?

    I like your blog and you seem like a very nice guy, and I’m just telling you that when you get burnt it’s gonna mainly be because of YOU, and not the government or anyone else. And you are gonna get burnt, sooner or later. You’re too trigger happy – both figuratively and literally.

    Part of being alpha and IN CONTROL of your life means to know when to step back and smell the roses. Most of the political shit you are talking about is not worth your time, on a profound level – you severely underestimate the level of group-stupidity we are dealing with here. So, yeah, I recommend someone like Chomsky, because he makes Ron Paul look like grade school stuff…

    You play with the big dogs sometimes you gonna git bit.

    • Anthony Dream Johnson May 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

      Yeah … just work hard, keep your head down, do as you’re told, give in, compromise … and all will be well.

      Sorry mate, that’s not how the world is changed, that’s not how the greatest achievements in the history of mankind were made, and that’s not how I operate.

      Do what you like, I’ll keep my soul.

      • Rob June 29, 2012 at 12:57 am #

        This blog need a like button for statements such as this one.


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