Democracy Is Temporary.

Discussion in 'Freedom and Liberty' started by Warscent, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. Warscent

    Warscent Corus corax

    I can’t take credit for this work, I came across it this morning in an article. You can find the source here:

    In 1887 Alexander Tytler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: "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 always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."
    "The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always 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 complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage."
    Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in
    St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning
    the last Presidential election:
    Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29
    Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000
    Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million
    Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2 McCain: 2.1
    Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory
    McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens
    of the country.
    Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low
    income tenements and living off various forms of government
    Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the
    "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tytler's definition of
    democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population
    already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.
  2. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    saw this with gore v bush.... it is an urban myth....
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  3. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    myth or no...good thing we never lived in a democracy, eh?
    TwoCrows likes this.
  4. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++

    The big problem on our hands is that so few remember we don't.
    TwoCrows likes this.
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