Thank you to Donna for this one!

alexandertylerIn 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the
> University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the
> Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: “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 over 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 dependence back into bondage.”
> The Obituary follows:
> Born 1776, Died 2012