First they came for the Muslims, and I did not speak out—
Then they came for the Mexicans, and I did not speak out—
Then they came for The Water Protectors, and I did not speak out—
Then they came for Cannabis Caregivers, and I did not speak out—
Then they came for Department of Education, and I did not speak out—
Then they came for Environmental Protection Agency, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Envioronmentalist.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
An Adaptation of
“First they came …” is a poem written by German Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984). It is about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis‘ rise to power and subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group. Many variations and adaptations in the spirit of the original have been published in the English language. It deals with themes of persecution, guilt and responsibility.
Emmanuel Goldstein, to you. Godliness and gold is within.
Ethan Indigo Smith authored The Complete Patriot’s Guide to Oligarchical Collectivism: Theory and Practice is an insightful exploration of history, philosophy, and the contemporary politics of today’s heavily institutionalized society. Layered with insight, it is in part a literary exploration of the themes raised in Orwell’s 1984, and provides theories for individual and collective empowerment. An inspiration for positive, peaceful individual action, The Complete Patriot’s Guide is pro-individual in its perspective and, although political, discusses our society and its institutions from neither left-wing nor right-wing perspectives, and explores metaphors and symbolism relative to the fictional work of George Orwell through real history, philosophy and contemporary politics.
The Complete Patriot’s Guide to Oligarchical Collectivism is available here on Amazon.
About the author:
Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity, humanity and justice, Ethan’s work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humour.
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