First They Came …

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller: “First they came for the Socialists…”


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31 Responses to First They Came …

  1. Walpurgis says:

    Who’s “they”

    • _Jim says:

      I should have added:

      /partial sarc

      But tom0mason puts a better point on it.

    • _Jim says:


      The ones with guns and what they deem as a ‘moral imperative’ to ‘act’ in the state’s interest.

      Examples would be raids on the Branch Davidians in 1993 or the planned raid on the Bundy Ranch in 2014. Maybe bad examples because neither party was a clean as the wind driven snow, but I think the point is made.

    • robotech master says:

      “They” is the other socialists who had grabbed power first. Though “they” are never true socialists… never ever no matter what “they” can never be true socialists.

    • omanuel says:

      Q: Who’s “they”?

      HINT: Climategate emails came from a Russian server.

      Tyrannical, lock-step opinions had paraded as consensus science in the old USSR under Stalin for decades.

      A member of the community of Russian “skeptics” probably gave us unskeptical Americans the hint.

  2. tom0mason says:

    “They” are those who believe “they” have enough power to take what “they” want anytime “they” want.

    Enternal vigilance.

  3. jlc says:

    Thought this Reason article might be of interest :
    Watch Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Admit in 2012 That Subsidies Were Limited to State-Run Exchanges (Updated With Another Admission)

  4. Tom Moran says:

    ….and then they came for the skeptics and we crushed them….

  5. Scott Allen says:

    They use the words “PEER REVIEWED” as an excuse for science, in their power grab. This is a link to the latest university professor (James Hunton, of Bentley University), award winning, writer of over 50 “peer reviewed” published articles, that was nothing but junk/fraud science. This says more about the peer review process than anything else. The report said, he basically made stuff up and wrote research papers about the made up facts, then when questioned tried to destroy the evidence. (Kind of ironic for a professor of accounting, IT systems and fraud detection)

    Click to access Hunton%20report%20July21.pdf

  6. _Jim says:

    A continuing example of ‘governmental overreach’ through which regulations will be written (by the FAA) and the ‘rights’ of those citizens who could make profitable use (or life-saving use, as shown in the article) of such devices is taken away:

    Long story made short, the FAA, a US government executive branch agency, is afraid it will lose ‘turf’ if they can’t maintain absolute control of small, toy-sized ‘drones’ in the hands of citizens in the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave’.


  7. tom0mason says:

    And then “they” came for the Chief Scientific Advisor.
    If you live in Europe the are trying to ensure science does not get a say at the table.
    You Europeans will obey?

    A letter has been sent to the president elect of the EU by Sense about Science, urging him to reject the call of anti-scientific NGO’s such as Greenpeace to abolish the post of Chief Scientific Advisor. You can add your name by clicking on the link at the bottom.


  8. omanuel says:

    Thank you for this reminder of the silent path to world tyranny.

    The sad part is that there is nobody to blame for the present situation, except the selfishness that is in each of us.

    • mellyrn says:

      ?? Speak for yourself. Psychopaths do exist (estimated 1-4% of the population), and I’m not one; you’re probably not one, either. The belief of “normals” that everyone is normal is most of what allows psychopaths to get away with as much as they do. We stand around dumbfounded that anyone could do such a thing (insert atrocity here) — and tend to go into denial, much as you have just done.

      If I have any blame in this, it’s owing to my lack of imagination, not my selfishness — I can’t think of what to do about it since (unlike psychopaths) there ARE things I just will not do. Not until pushed over my personal edge, anyway.

  9. I’m also mystified over this strange post. Has this something to do with the US Federal government? Are they arresting “climate change deniers” in their sleep and transporting them to Guantanamo Bay?

  10. philjourdan says:

    My Favorite quote. I use it often.

  11. dp says:

    And if they can’t scare you with facts they make sh*t up and try again.

    The report is really skeery only if you ignore the temperature record for the past two decades and pretend the planet is melting. I confess, if the global temperature were doing something dangerous I’d be eskeered, too. But it isn’t.

  12. nickreality65 says:

    “A lie can be half way around the world before truth can pull its pants/boots on.” attributed to Mark Twain and reprised by Churchill.

  13. nickreality65 says:

    No, they don’t come in the night, they just trash you to your boss and colleagues and get you fired.

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