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The Siren Song of “Strongmania”

The embrace of political strongmen – leaders like Donald Trump who promise that they alone can fix the problems besetting democracies – reflects widespread ignorance of the nature and consequences of populist rule. Voters in much of the world could use a history lesson.

CLAREMONT – Political strongmen are back in style. Not long ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin was one of the only leaders worthy of the label. Today, he has much more competition.