Open Letter

Ernie Lane ernielane at VERIZON.NET
Sat Jun 20 07:44:22 MDT 2009

Dennis Putnam wrote:

> "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.It can only
> exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from
> the public treasure.From that moment on the majority always votes for
> the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with
> the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy
> followed by a dictatorship.The average age of the world's great
> civilizations has been two hundred years.These nations have progressed
> through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from
> spiritual 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 to bondage."-- Alexander Tyler (When the thirteen
> colonies were still a part of England, Professor Alexander Tyler wrote
> about the fall of the Athenian republic over two thousand years previous
> to that time)

I'd really like to read that book.  Do you know if it's available 
anywhere?  Neither my library nor the consortium it's in have it.

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