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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 largeness 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.