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Tytler Update November 13, 2012

Posted by geoff in News.

Almost six years ago I posted this quote from Alexander Tytler (which was probably actually not from Alexander Tytler, but whatever):

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.”

Back in December of 2006 I guessed that we were at the “complacency” stage. Since then I think we’ve fast-forwarded through apathy to dependency.

Only four more steps to freedom.


1. Mr. Matamoros - November 13, 2012

It was good while it lasted…I’m just hoping there is another cycle to freedom.

2. geoff - November 13, 2012

…at least for our children.

3. OBF - November 14, 2012

Right on! In the Book of Mormon, which is a 1000 year history of the Israelites on the American continent, it is a constant cycle of what you just described.

4. OBF - November 14, 2012

This is why we need to have a year’s supply of whatever we need, get our genealogy done and live righteously.

5. Nan G - November 14, 2012

Tytler may not have originated the quote, but he did the thought.

6. jam2 - November 16, 2012

geoff, i think we are at bondage; it’s just not overtly tyrannical – yet. But as you point out, we only have a few more steps to get back to Liberty.

7. geoff - November 16, 2012

i think we are at bondage; it’s just not overtly tyrannical – yet

I think I’ll call it bondage when 2014 rolls around and the government forces us to buy health insurance.

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