From Alexander Tyler. No, he wasn’t
writing about the United States. This quote is well over one hundred
years old. Tyler was writing about the fall of the Athenian Republic.
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can
only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on the majority always
votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public
treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose
fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the
world’s great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations
have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to
spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to
liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from
selfishness to complacency from complacency to apathy, from apathy to
dependency, from dependency back to bondage.”
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