A while ago, we posted an item containing a purported 1776 quotation by Alexander Fraser Tytler who, supposedly writing in the context of the decline of the Athenian democracy, painted a menacing scenario of decline of democracies, that takes place over a period of 200 years, once the population discovers that it can vote for itself largesse from the government treasury and elects its representatives accordingly. Sound familiar?
It turns out (according to Snopes.com) that Tytler didn’t say it. But perhaps he, or someone, should have. Go check out the entire quote. It’s in our post of September 23, 2008, entitled Are Our 200 Years Up?
Maybe we should stick to our last and talk about eminent domain instead of history.