The Evolution of Democracy.
This is an interesting quote, I think quite relevant to the situation in many nations today, and quite nicely sums up democratic evolutionary process in a simple, easy to understand way. Since I’m quite simple myself I like this kind of thing.
“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 dependance;
from dependency back again into bondage. ” – Dr. Alexander Tyler