A lesson from history?
submitted by Lee Jones
At about the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution
in 1787, Alexander Tyler - a Scottish history professor at the University
of Edinburgh - had this to say about: "The Fall of the Athenian
Republic" some 2,000 years prior: THE FALL OF THE ATHENIAN REPUBLIC...
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot
exist as a permanent form
"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St.Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the most recent American Presidential election:
Population of counties won by: Gore 127 million; Bush 143 million;
Professor Olson adds, "In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Gore's territory encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off government welfare..." Olson believes the U.S. is now somewhere between the "apathy" and the "complacency" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy; with some 40 percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.
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