23 Jan 2012

First they came...

A very powerful quote that was brought to my attention by a commenter on Hacker News on the proposed Polish Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. When citizens are inactive on bad government reforms, what seems like one small alteration could build up to monumental changes.

First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. 
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.   
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. 
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak out because I was Protestant. 
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Martin Niemöller - First They Came


  1. Hey Paul! You've got some interesting stuff on your blog. I am quite math illiterate but I try my best to understand. I was always fascinated by pendulums so I was looking around the internet on how to build one and came upon your blog. I was thinking of making one for my girlfriend as well, so if you could give me any tips that would be great!


    1. Thanks for reading my blog! Some good tips can be found in the comments section of the Making your own pendulum wave machine page. If you have any more questions, feel free to email me personally or leave a comment on the page :)

  2. How exactly did you stumble across this quotation?

    1. I found it in a discussion of the now-dead ACTA bill. The original discussion can be found here.