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Subject: Re: The Change is Complete Date: 11/8/2012 11:03 AM
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Before you know it, you have 51% of the population wanting a cradle to grave system.

JLC,

You're basically talking about the following accurate observation and well-known misquote commonly referred to as the "Tytler Cycle:"

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 selfishness;
From selfishness to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Fraser_Tytler


-Notehound
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