Open Letter

Steven Laib stevenlaib at SBCGLOBAL.NET
Sat Jun 20 08:35:57 MDT 2009

You won't find such a book by Tyler.  Some experts believe that the 
"quote" is a derivation or even apocryphal. 

However, you can find the same stuff in Alexis DeTocqueville's DEMOCRACY 
IN AMERICA and that is still widely available. 

Steve L

Ernie Lane wrote:
> 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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