Democracy Cycle of Decline

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  1. pmaitra

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    Democracy Cycle of Decline

    In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinborough, had this to say about 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 over 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."

    The Obituary follows:

    Born 1776, Died 2012
    It doesn't hurt to read this several times.

     
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    Lucky for democracy, the fiscal situation is handled by a few bankers who are sane of mind and will keep all the money to themselves. Like the Fed Res in US and RBI in India.

    No chance for voters to sway the banks with a few votes.
     
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    If you take away the pleasures capitalism is really just slavery.
     
  5. The Messiah

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    Of that there is no doubt.

    But it is afterall human nature...majority will always prefer it.
     
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    How about using a carrot and stick policy?

    In the US, there is always a financial incentive, or lollypop, for hard work. Stalin forced many scientists to work hard out of fear. The former is the carrot and the latter, the stick. Put them together, and voila, it does work on many occassions. :)
     
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    Democracy works best when a country is already developed. Switzerland, Canada, etc.

    But for developing countries, I don't think it works so well.

    And it will take a very long time before such a large country like China, to boost the average GDP per capita to the level of the "developed" world.
     

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