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On the brink of bondage

Dear Editor:

In 1787, Alex Tyler, a Scottish history professor, had the following to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic about 2,000-plus years earlier:

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it 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 results that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is usually followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been around 200 years.

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

1. From bondage to spiritual faith.

2. From spiritual faith to great courage.

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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 dependency back to bondage.”

Forty-six million Americans are now at or below the property level; 14 percent Jill Beathard 9/22/11 he had it as 42 percent, but everything I can find says 14 percent, or about 40 million people now depend on food stamps. With the number of citizens who depend on government support growing daily I wonder how long before sequence No. 8 takes place!

Harry Temple III

Snowmass Village