You're right. It reminds me of stories of the Holocaust and thinking... why did they let it happen to begin with?
Likely it happened "inch by inch, row by row..." All these small changes towards tyranny that no one reacts to. It's like that frog in the boiling water analogy, if said a different way by Arlo Guthrie: http://www.dailypaul.com/304139/inch-by-inch-row-by-row
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir
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