Sunday :: Jul 16, 2006

The End Of The Current Age Of Democracy


by pessimist

My son Bookseller wrote the following piece. I thought it good enough to share with you readers.

A Theory
by Bookseller

Alexander Fraser Tytler [Lord Woodhouselee] once wrote:

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury.

From that time on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the results that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship."

Sounds familiar doesn't it?

Sadly, it does. More over the fold.

Tytler goes on to say:

The average age of the world's great civilizations has been 200 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 selfishness
From selfishness to complacency
From complacency to apathy
From apathy to dependency
From dependency back to bondage
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Here's the corollary I've compiled based on this last quote:
1695-1735: Bondage to Spiritual Faith [Roughly, from the time of the Salem Witch Trials to Jonathan Edward's Great Awakening].

1735-1775: Spiritual Faith to Great Courage [The Great Awakening to the Battle of Lexington, which began the American Revolution].

1775-1815: Great Courage to Liberty [The onset of the American Revolution to the Battle of New Orleans, which ended the War of 1812].

1815-1855: Liberty to Abundance [The so-called "Era of Good Feelings" to the emerging sectionalist crisis between the industrial North and slaveholding South].

1855-1895: Abundance to Selfishness [From Sectionalism to Imperialism].

1895-1935: Selfishness to Complacency [Imperialism to prolonged Total Warfare and Economic Depression].

1935-1975: Complacency to Apathy [World War II to the Nixon-Ford-Carter Malaise].

1975-2015: Apathy to Dependence [The National Malaise to Economic Ruin brought on by the Bush regime].

2015-2055: Dependence to Bondage [Economic Ruin to Wage Slavery in the hands of multinational corporations].

Based on this model, I estimate that our present way of life has less than a decade left of existence. I can only hope that I'm wrong.

Me too, son. Me too.

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