Polybius (203-120BC), regarding the natural end to Democracy.
"Aristocracy by its very nature degenerates into oligarchy, and when the populace rises in anger to avenge the injustices committed by its rulers, democracy is born; then in due course, out of the licence and lawlessness which are generated by this type of regime, mob rule comes into being and completes the cycle." - The Rise of the Roman Empire, VI.4
This little note has been brought back to my attention by the recent glorification of licence in Iowa, along with the government encouraged lawlessness in Contra Costa County that Delirious highlighted. The good news is that when Democracy collapses, civil government will be restored - according to Polybius - with a Monarchy!