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Democratic Decline

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Alexander Tytler (1747-1813) was a lawyer, historian, and philosopher born in 18th Century Scotland.  Tytler was considered critical of democracies, especially historic Athens and its decline.  While many of his quotes are disputed, whether or not he said the following isn’t as important as the ominous warning they provide: 

“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 voters discover 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 due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by dictatorship.”

Sadly, nowhere is this thinking more prevalent than in today’s unions.  While I firmly believe that unions have a purpose, that purpose is largely unserved today.  Unions would be beneficial to those serving in near slavery in African mines (assuming, of course, that their “employers” negotiated without automatic weaponry).  Unions could be beneficial in negotiating rights for sweat shop works or child workers.  Unions in the United States are larger and more powerful than the oft-maligned “big business”  we hear about so frequently in the media.

Who can stand up to the negotiating power of Teachers Unions?  The Teamsters?  The problem with unions becomes apparent when French unions attempt to shut down the entire country because the government wants to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62.  What horror!!!  

My father-in-law works for Boeing in the Seattle area, but he may have to relocate at some point to keep his job.  But why would Boeing abandon Washington State?  Because the unionized work force is making it too expensive to compete internationally and threatening to bankrupt the entire company.  To avoid bankruptcy, local labor is literally forcing Boeing to move its factories elsewhere.  Job well done, unions!

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Written by floridaconservative

October 25, 2010 at 5:34 PM

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