Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cycle of Democracy

Our pastor shared this quote this morning as he was taking us through prophecy in Daniel 2. Resonates, doesn't it?
And to think that this was written 240 years ago!
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over lousy fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average of the world’s great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from 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 dependency; from dependency back again to bondage."
Alexander Fraser Tyler
Cycle of Democracy, 1770


Lori said...

Wow, that is downright chilling. It is so applicable to what we are seeing our country turn to. So sad, isn't it? Walking directly back into bondage. I'm so thankful for true freedom in the Lord.

Thanks for sharing. I might "borrow" it!

Kristin said...

I have read that, or something similar before. My parent's pastor is a history buff, and I love listening to his messages online. He's always pointing out the way things cycle through history and how seldom we learn the lessons we need from it.

Cheryl said...

I had heard this before and tried searching for it right when I got home on Sunday, too. Would you post your source? I have not found a reliable source for this quote.