dramatic, yes, but the signs are not so much different today as they were 70 years ago. the proliferation of cameras, the instilling of fear, endless whittling of simple liberties: protest, art, cinema, border crossing, flying and now the olympics…government controlled by the multinationals and toady’s of all political stripes.
It’s a time for remembrance: the German theologian, Martin Niemöller. In his youth he was an anti-Semite and an admirer of Hitler. As Nazism took hold in Germany, however, he saw Nazism for what it was: it was not just the Jews Hitler sought to extirpate, it was just about anyone with an alternate point of view. Niemöller spoke out, and for his trouble was incarcerated in the Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps from 1937 to 1945, and very nearly executed. While incarcerated, Niemöller wrote a poem that we should keep in my mind. There are many words you can chose today to replace, jew, communist etc.
First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.