Life Cycle of a Democracy

February 6, 2014

We study history to learn from history and avoid repeating mistakes made by other people and other civilizations. Tyler Alexander, a Scottish history professor, displayed a cynical view of democracies particularly Republics which are representative democracies. He believed that pure democracies were a fantasy and that all forms of democracies were limited in time and by their very nature were monarchies.

He said that, “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 life cycle of a democracy was 200 years and followed a predictable 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 dependence; From dependence back into bondage.”

After 236 years our own Republic is following that very sequence, arguably in the very last stages. We have simply traded the dictatorial bondage of England for an equally dictatorial bondage of our current form of government. The treasury has been looted, we are on the verge of a financial collapse, and we live under a de facto dictatorship. Having failed to learn from history we are now repeating it. We are experiencing firsthand the Life Cycle of a Democracy.

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