Purge and Binge

Lara Trump, daughter-in-law of former President Donald Trump, attends the Republican National Committee spring meeting on March 8, 2024, in Houston, Texas. (Photo by CECILE CLOCHERET/AFP via Getty Images)

Any successful revolutionary populist movement will eventually purge its political enemies. And after it does, the new establishment it creates will be more corrupt and more ruthless than the one it replaced.

Those historical rules aren’t hard and fast but the exceptions are rare. When a populist insurgency takes charge, expect total consolidation of power—and chaos, of course—to follow.

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