Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee – Wikipedia,_Lord_Woodhouselee

The following quotation has been attributed to Tytler, although it has also been occasionally attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville:[19]

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 age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years.

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