On Democracy (still true from over 200 years ago)

A democracy is always temporary in nature, it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority will always vote for the candidate who promises the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy has and will final collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations have always progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from great courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence and from dependence back into bondage.

~From Professor Alexander Tyle 1787 University of Edinborough

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