Sunday, November 29, 2009

Alexander Tytler and the Fatal Sequence

"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 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."

Glenn Beck has mentioned the list part on his show a couple of times, but I wanted to run the introduction--it's just as important. We've just about finished the sequence.

We've long since learned how to vote largesse from the treasury--Peggy the Moocher was the last televised blatant example of it. Detroit produced soundbites of the most recent memorable example as citizens lined up around a building waiting for their turn at "Obama money."

Here's a diagram of the fatal sequence--also known as the Tytler Cycle.


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