Cycle of Democracy

Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee was a Scottish lawyer, writer, and professor. Tytler was also a historian, and for some years was Professor of Universal History, and Greek and Roman Antiquities, in the University of Edinburgh.
Born: October 15, 1747
Died: January 5, 1813

 

Alexander Tyler said this in 1787 in his work “The Fall of the Athenian Republic”
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal responsibility, always followed by a dictatorship”

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