Romney nails it

Posted: November 26, 2012 at 4:27 a.m.

Most of us have heard of the observation attributed to Scottish historian Alexander Tytler that democracy can only exist “until the majority discovers it can vote itself largesse out of the public treasury,” after which it “always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits.”

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The thesis you present is without merit. Yes, there was a Scottish historian named Alexander Fraser Tytler. He wrote several books in the early nineteenth century, but none with the title, The Fall of the Athenian Republic. In none of his books does this whimsical theory passage appear that is often presented by those on the right.. (source: Edinborough University Library Staff)

There is no law of historical decline that says that people cannot change their minds.

Changing minds is what education is all about. The progress or decline in changing minds is not guaranteed by some internal logic or theorem of rightist politics. Logic is what people use to interpret and then change society when they vote and is not based on this elusive elitist fairy tale.

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November 26, 2012 at 9:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )