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From Dependence To Bondage Again

 
Anonymous Coward
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09/22/2011 03:54 PM
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From Dependence To Bondage Again
In the year 1787, Alexander Tyler (a Scottish history professor at The University of Edinborough) used an analogy to describe "The Fall of The Athenian Republic" some 2,000 years prior:

“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.”

Sound familiar?
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09/22/2011 03:56 PM
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Re: From Dependence To Bondage Again
we are currently leaving apathy to dependence.
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09/22/2011 04:03 PM
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Re: From Dependence To Bondage Again
we are currently leaving apathy to dependence.
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I think you're right, Brazilian brother.
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09/23/2011 01:07 AM
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Re: From Dependence To Bondage Again
Read again.
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09/23/2011 01:12 AM
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Re: From Dependence To Bondage Again
ffs
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Re: From Dependence To Bondage Again
The election reminded me of this

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