Although the origin of the “Downfall of Democracies” is often attributed to Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor who lived in the 1700s, the origin of the material below may be attributed to Alexander Tytler, or even Arnold Toynbee, or Lord Thomas Macaulay. Whoever can lay claim to the study had remarkable conclusions.
The theory goes “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 voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority will always vote 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 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 dependency back into bondage.”
Our country has gone from being overtaxed slaves of King George of England, to a new republic that accepted any religious faith, to a wonderful new country with a brilliant Constitution, to being the richest country in the world, to today over 50 percent of the voters are apathetic to politics, to where a major portion of Americans are literally demanding government benefits, to possibly losing all of our freedoms. Many people now believe that we are now at the “apathy to dependence” phase of the cycle with over 40 percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase.
It’s not too late. We have the power to change our course starting this November. Our country’s future depends on it!