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 again to bondage.
In his book "Democracy in America", Alexis DeTocqeville (circa 1848) had this to say: " A Democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of Government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse (a liberal gift) out of public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that Democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a Dictatorship."
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." - John Adams
As Arnold Toynbee suggests, and Barry Smart paraphrases, postmodernism sees society as losing its creative energy and living in a safe, satisfactory, and timeless present.
"Democracy is the road to socialism" - Karl Marx