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Sarasota Thu Oct 17, 2013 1 year ago

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by: Observer Staff

+ History always repeats itself
Dear Editor:

RE: Caragiulo and the Romans

This coincides with what happened to the Romans.

Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years ago: “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 they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.

“From that moment on, the majority always vote 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.

“During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1.  From bondage to spiritual faith;

2.  From spirtual faith to great courage;

3.  From courage to liberty;

4.  From liberty to abundance;

5.  From abundance to complacency;

6.  From complacency to apathy;

7. From apathy to dependence;

8. From dependence back into bondage.”

This sure sounds like the path this country is taking.

Beverley Albertson
Sarasota

 

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