A Wise Man

A wise man once counseled me to read the works of dead men. The views of Alexander Fraser Tytler (1747-1813) on democracy caught my attention this week. And viewed over the lens of time they are reasonable. Can you imagine that here in Europe or the USA there is hope of recovering from our economic condition without a seismic change in our societal structure? Lenin said, “give me the four year olds and in a generation I will give you a socialist state”. Welcome to your socialist state. I speak to people about their beliefs and ask where they get they their information. They are genuinely surprised to learn that their beliefs echo Marxist philosophy. We are living through seasons when people are reaping where they do not sow and wanting more of what others have in the name of fairness. Here’s Alex Tytler borrowed from his Wikipedia entry which I commend:

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.”


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