With the US National debt approaching 20 trillion dollars, (see the US national debt clock; http://www.usdebtclock.org/) a few people may be thinking about how we got to this point. It could be that our form of government has a weakness, i.e., the citizens can vote for increased spending, based on their calculation that most, or all, of the bill will be picked up by others. This becomes unsustainable.
Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee (1747– 1813) said; “It is not, perhaps, unreasonable to conclude, that a pure and perfect democracy is a thing not attainable by man, constituted as he is of contending elements of vice and virtue, and ever mainly influenced by the predominant principle of self-interest. It may, indeed, be confidently asserted, that there never was that government called a republic, which was not ultimately ruled by a single will, and, therefore be, (however bold may seem the paradox,) virtually and substantially a monarchy.”

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