So who is he?
Jim Mewborne, author of the following letter in the Gainesville Times. (link)
US government spirals into total socialism
I strongly agree with the letter writer regarding government handouts (Saturday's Community Forum). While he referred to Alexander Tyler and democracy, it should also be noted that Tyler said democracies progress through the following sequences:
1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
3. From the great courage to liberty;
4. From liberty to abundance;
5. From abundance to selfishness;
6. From selfishness to complacency;
7. From complacency to apathy;
8. From apathy to dependence;
9. From dependence back again to bondage.
If you study the history of our government, you will see that we are now at sequence 7 and bordering rather closely to sequence 8. Our government was originally capitalistic, but it has become more and more socialist and, to my way of thinking, is headed toward total socialism.
While I don't consider myself a pessimist, I am truly concerned over the direction of our government and what the future holds not only for us to more importantly, for our descendants.
There is no such quotation for an Alexander Tyler.
This is one of those falsehoods that has become an Urban Legend.
Several people have debunked it, including the Library of Congress.
Here are two links to check.
The "Tyler" quote is very likely entirely fictitious. There was a Scottish historian/professor who wrote several books in the late 1700s and early 1800s. But, his last name was Tytler. His whole name was Lord Woodhouselee, Alexander Fraser Tytler.
I wish people would fact check before writing a letter to the Editor.