Friday, February 6, 2009

The future?

Alexander Tyler is said to have written more than 200 years ago, "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 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 uncontrolled spending and overtaxation and overregulation of those who are successful contributors to that society, The average age of the world's greatest civilizations, from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years."

Wether or not he did (and that is a matter of debate,) it is still interesting to ponder...

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