Politics

America's Debt to Populists

Some of the greatest demagogues have a positive legacy.

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Their high poll numbers notwithstanding, few people believe that Donald Trump, Ben Carson or Bernie Sanders will capture their parties’ nominations, much less win the general election. If these populists eventually fall by the wayside, will their early dominance of the race be remembered as more than a historical footnote?

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