Why I make it a point to avoid talking about politics

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political party symbolsYesterday I received an email from a friend who I have not had contact with for about two years. The email wasn’t asking me what I was up to or even telling me what he was up to. It was a forwarded article about politics that was completely biased toward one of the political parties.

I immediately thought to myself “what a douche bag”. I can see why I haven’t kept in contact with this person.

I see it everyday. People will not shut up about politics. I have wing men who will not shut up about it. I meet women who will not shut up about it. They’ll talk shit about one political party without even knowing where I stand on politics. Within five minutes of meeting you, sizing you up and asking you what your career is I can usually make a good guess where you stand politically. You do not need to spin your political biasness toward me because I do not care.

I wasn’t always like this. A few years ago I was slanted toward one of the parties and I was quite vocal about it. I fought with my friends who were for the opposing party. I argued with women I just met about politics. I spent hours reading political blogs to find fuel to back up my arguments when I could have spent that time making money or becoming better with women. At times politics superseded friendship and the pursuit of potential sexual partners. How dumb was that?

I never changed anyones opinions. Basically all I did was alienate friends, waste my time and lose my chances with women.

Why did I care so much about what others thought about politics? Why was I even trying to change someones opinion knowing that their minds were set in stone about the topic?

I think I was merely seeking validation. I wasn’t fully confident about my views and wanted others to reassure me that my opinions were of merit. When others told me that they weren’t, rather than taking their views into consideration in changing mine I would instead become defensive.

I see this a lot with AFCs that I meet. They ask me for advice and when I give it to them they become defensive as if I was attacking them when I was really just trying to help them.

My personal opinion is that politics, like religion, should be kept to yourself. I understand that it is a topic that you may be passionate about but often the topics that people are passionate about are the ones to avoid. There is often a 50% chance that the person you are talking to is not going to agree with your views. Why would you take that risk when there is little to gain?

Now if I was paid to talk about politics like Jon Stewart or Rush Limbaugh that would be a different story.




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  • Beethoven
    January 23rd, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    I agree with this post. I avoid talking about politics unless a woman makes an indication of her political leanings and I happen to agree with her.

    This raises an interesting question, however. In cases where people spout their differing political opinions and assume you agree with them (where in reality they have no basis to really know), I always just nod in agreement and change the subject. The options you have are to challenge the person and risk an uncomfortable debate, or just let it slide and possibly convey that you agree with something you really don’t. What’s the better choice here?

    I will risk the latter if it will increase my chances of getting laid.

  • Mack Tight
    January 24th, 2008 at 12:08 am

    I personally ignore them or don’t acknowledge their thread if it gets political. Sometimes pretending to agree with them encourages them just as much as disagreeing with them. Usually they will stop rather than continue talking politics to themselves. If they persist I will simply tell them that I do not talk about politics.

    At times I have to bite my tongue to keep my mouth shut. But it is like bragging to your guy friends about cheating on your girl: it might feel good telling them but it can only lead to trouble in the long run.

  • Chucks
    January 29th, 2008 at 3:06 am

    I think in politics, one has the right to say whatever they have to say as long as they don’t try to enforce their beliefs on others.

  • Mack Tight
    January 29th, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Chucks,
    Yeah they have the right to say it but I also have the right to not listen to it. It ALWAYS leads to arguments even if the person who starts the conversation is not trying to enforce their beliefs (which, lets face it, usually is never the case in the first place).

  • John Smith
    March 8th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Don’t agree. I think the insight that pickup artists have in human nature can help them shed light on things going on around the world.

    And if everyone became as apathetic and unwilling to talk as you, then we’re just as good as a police state. Thank God that you’re allowed to talk politics in public in this country.

  • Al Sim
    November 12th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Yeah but lightly discussing politics or probing a chick a bit for her views can be a way of screening her. Would you really want to sleep with, let alone have a serious LTR with, a woman whose political views you find abhorrent?

  • Mack Tight
    November 12th, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    I can tell what party a woman leans toward without even talking about politics.

    Of course I would sleep with and have a LTR with a woman of which I have opposing political views…

    Why wouldn’t I?!?

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