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Posted by: Mike Hanson on 06 November 2003

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse (generous gifts) from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this 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."
Posted on: 06 November 2003 by Markus S
Alexander Tytler
Posted on: 08 November 2003 by Minky
Very interesting quote.

In NZ we have just entered the complacency phase. How long does it take to get to the bondage bit ?