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Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 11:00 pm | Updated: 11:08 am, Tue Apr 1, 2014.

Behind dysfunctional government, is democracy itself in decay?

It took only 250 years for democracy to disintegrate in ancient Athens. A wholly new form of government was invented there in which the people ruled themselves. That constitution proved marvelously effective. Athens grew in wealth and capacity, fought off the Persian challenge, established itself as the leading power in the known world and produced treasures of architecture, philosophy and art that bedazzle to this day. But when privilege, corruption and mismanagement took hold, the lights went out.

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2 comments:

  • Peter Neal posted at 11:08 am on Tue, Apr 1, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 282

    Well said, Alexis.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:28 am on Tue, Apr 1, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.”
    ― Alexis de Tocqueville

    [wink]

     

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