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 that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.How far are we from that time? Well, consider some figures from a Bernard Hickey column that has attracted little comment, but shows we're now at the cusp of a historic turning point:
[From 1999 to today] both local and central governments grew consistently and faster than the rest of the economy [as did] the number of people receiving benefits, Working for Families payments and/or working for local and central governments...Let me repeat that: in New Zealand's modern democracy1.75 million adults now rely on income taxes paid by 1.85 million working adults. [You can see here how those figures are made up.]
This means that now we have 1.85 million people working and paying taxes to 1.75 million who receive benefits or work for the government. This near 1 to 1 ratio compares with a near 1.5 workers to 1 beneficiary in 1999.
It's going to take more than a razor gang and a bubbly personality to fix that.
UPDATE 1: Speaking of democracy, what would Alexander Tytler say about this: How Obama was Elected.
I know for sure what Bill Weddell would have said: "Democracy is the counting of heads regardless of content."
UPDATE 2: Yes, I've been corrected by Redbaiter. It's Tytler, not Tyler.