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“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 due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by 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:
1) From bondage to spiritual faith;
2) From spiritual faith to great courage;
3) From courage to liberty;
4) From liberty to abundance;
5) From abundance to complacency;
6) From complacency to apathy;
7) From apathy to dependence;
8) From dependence back to bondage ...”
Alexander Tyler, 1787
Originally posted by Avenginggecko
reply to post by johnny2127
Could you be more specific on what you mean by dependence on the government? More specifically, what aspects do you believe are dangerous that the majority of the population takes part of?
Originally posted by Miraj
reply to post by tothetenthpower
We are a republic, but the problem is that the politicians treat it as though it were a democracy.
Originally posted by nikiano
Just curious, but what's the average life span of a socialist power system? Greater or less than 200 years? Also, a dictatorship, a monarchy, and a republic?
[edit on 13-10-2009 by nikiano]