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Old September 15th, 2014, 10:48 PM   #11

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What they care about is how to convince the carious demographic groups to vote for them. Pandering is king in politics.

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the
University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the
Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

"A democracy is always
temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent
form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until
the time that voters discover that 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 over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a
dictatorship."
Little typo there, the man you're referring to is Alexander Fraser Tytler. He died in 1813... The above quote is also attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville.

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Old September 16th, 2014, 12:31 PM   #12

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Sadly, the results of this study do not surprise me one bit.

I think it's no surprise to anyone. The distance between governing and governed is wide and unsalvageable but variable, of course, according to nation involved.

Although we might as well talk about this same relationship at different levels of government. I think that in the municipal goverment this distance tends not to be as spacious.
Either way, one and others belong to two social strata gravitating very far apart.
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Old September 16th, 2014, 02:48 PM   #13

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Little typo there, the man you're referring to is Alexander Fraser Tytler. He died in 1813... The above quote is also attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville.
Thanks for catching that! Politics is an age old, well burnished monolith.
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