This memorable quotation is from Sir Alex Fraser Tytler (1742-1813). Scottish jurist and historian, he was widely known in his time and was professor of Universal History at Edinburgh University in the late 18th century.
The quotation is from the 1801 collection of his lectures.
�A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury. From that time on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the results that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world�s great civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this 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 again to bondage.�
Now, consider the man's observations in the light of the Laodicean age, rule of the people, and democracy as it has absolutely taken over all of Christendom. Even the Catholic church uses democratic voting to select the Pope and to decide many things today. And, the Fundamental Baptists, the most sound Bible believers, are addicted to democracy in the Lord's Church.
So, what is it they now want when they vote in Christendom? Top to bottom, Liberal and Fundamental, they want to elect preachers, bishops, and potentates who will approve of their sins and speak soft words. If the elected tin horn resorts to too much sound preaching, they will vote and fire him and elect a new slave of their lusts.
Thus, the present age is terminal. There is no hope but to return to the primitive New Testament model, the home, with the more primitive leadership in men who are totally dependent on the Holy Ghost. No matter where democracy is used, it is wicked, and it is the least valuable way to bring order to life in the view of God (Daniel's image- Iron is cheap stuff compared to gold, absolute monarchy).