Where are we in Tytler’s historical cycle?

cartoon of Dr. Moneywise pointing to a flip chart“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 treasury. 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 Tytler, 18th century historian and jurist

Dr. MoneyWise says:  I always keep in mind Alexander Tytler’s historical cycle. I estimate that we are now somewhere between the “apathy” and “dependency” stages with “dependency” – if the recurrent federal government and central bank rescue operations are an indication –  already gaining a solid foothold. History is replete with examples of a rapid debasement of the currency during the latter stages of Tytler’s cycle and that is why I own gold.

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