By Doug Newman
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It is always easy to cheerlead for your favorite government activity without considering what it means in the real world.
It is always easy to say that “if you are doing nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear”. But how do you know that you are doing nothing that is wrong in the eyes of the authorities?
It is always easy to say that “ignorance of the law is no defense” until you get caught breaking a law that you did not know existed.
It is always easy to say that your government should “do something” as long as they do it to somebody else.
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If you haven’t done anything wrong then you don’t have anything to worry about…
I told myself that for way too long. Quote that I remember every time I start thinking that.
It’s about WW2 Germany
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.