Why Democracies Fail

In light of the current $787-billion economic stimulus package that, thanks to Three Republican Traitors, will be signed into law tomorrow, I am reminded of these famous words on Why Democracies Fail:

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse 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, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.” – Author Unknown*

* Though often attributed to Alexander Tylter there is strong reason to believe this is a misattribution. See the Truth About Tylter for more details.

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4 thoughts on “Why Democracies Fail

  1. This Republic is already lost. Lost at the borders. Look at California, just by chance the amount of deficit is equal to the cost of illegal immigrants….what a coincidence.

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

  2. Great post. In my nearly 4 years of public service in Twinsburg Township, Ohio, I saw candidates trying to get elected by promising people things they never really needed. These candidates became popular for their largess promises… not for promising good government, i.e., a government that strives to be small so that people’s freedoms could be large.

    I plan to blog about some of local political experiences here:
    http://summitcountylife.wordpress.com/

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