Lessons of history?

During the late part of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century, the leaders of Great Britain ignored their nation’s industrial decline, pointing to the fact that the British pound sterling ruled international finance and the British navy ruled the waves.

During the years preceding the Bolshevik revolution, the Russian czar had almost unlimited power to wage war and suppress dissent, but was unable to enact the most obvious and the most popular reforms against the resistance of the powers-that-be.

During the years preceding Hitler’s rule, Germany was ruled by a weak center-left government which was unable to challenge the power of the banking establishment or the military establishment, and which was treated by its right-wing opponents as illegitimate and even treasonous.

Are there any lessons here for the present-day United States?  I hesitate to say, because the one thing that is out of bounds in current political discourse is making inexact historical analogies.

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