Democracy, will it last?



“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 over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”


- Alexander Tyler. (1887) Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, commenting on the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:



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“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. 
There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

- John Adams. one of the U.S.  Founding Fathers and it's second President 

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"The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter."
Winston Churchill,  Former British Prime Minister :  

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