A doomed democracy? 1

Last week at FBC-Bryan, we discussed the fhe following is a quote from Dr. Alexander Tyler generalizing his findings about the fall of the Athenian Republic. Dr. Tyler was a Scottish professor writing around the time of the American Revolution.

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 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:

  1. From bondage to spiritual faith
  2. From spiritual faith to great courage
  3. From courage to liberty
  4. From liberty to abundance
  5. From abudance to complacency
  6. From complacency to apathy
  7. From apathy to dependence
  8. From dependence back into bondage

Do you agree? Is this prophecy true of America? If so, where do we find ourselves on this timeline? I’ll post my thoughts on this later.

One thought on “A doomed democracy?

  • Fitz

    Yes. From my understanding, this pattern will follow unless some violent (read:compelling) or intervening force returns a civilation to a former state.

    It’s hard to say, but I think America’s fast approaching a mire of apathy. Maybe it’s time you start brushing up on your “God Save The Queen.” I kid, I kid.

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