Cycle of Democracy
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury.
"From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.
"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this 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 apathy;
from apathy to dependence;
from dependency back again into bondage."
Dr. Alexander Tytler, a Scot professor, wrote a scholarly tome, from which this concept comes, called "The Athenian Republic" which was published shortly before the thirteen American colonies gained independence from Britain. "Google" him to learn more.
In publishing a handout on the "Cycle" in 1994 I noted that the national debt had reached a staggering $4.5 trillion dollars. By October 1, 2007, it had soared to $9.06 trillion! Barely one year later (Oct. 17, '08) it was $10.3 trillion!! On April 22nd, 2009, another trillion dollars of debt had been added raising the public debt to $11.3 trillion. Our forebears thought of debt as slavery. They would be shocked at what their descendants have done. - - John Wrisley.
Note: We are aware of the selfless efforts of a Georgia attorney to disprove the "Cycle." He says he painstakingly researched everything Professor Tytler wrote and cannot find the above sequence. He does, however, observe that in Tytler's extensive writings on the nature of democracies through the ages the general trends are as the Cycle sequence states. ~JW