Tytler Cycle of Freedom – where are we right now in America?


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Alexander Tytler was a Scottish advocate, judge, writer and historian who served as Professor of Universal History, and Greek and Roman Antiquities at the University of Edinburgh. Tytler lived at the same time as the American founding fathers and described a repeating cycle in history. Tytler found that democratic societies went through this same cycle again and again and that the cycle lasted roughly 200 years each time. 

The idea states that democracy is temporary in nature. It is difficult to exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover 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 due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. 

Tytler said the repeating cycle starts out

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