In a wierd little bit of synergy, each the indictment of former U.S. President Donald Trump and the demise of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy befell this week. Berlusconi, arguably, was the O.G. of populist leaders whose political careers carried on by means of a cascade of scandals and felony instances.

Each are examples of how the weakening of mainstream political events can open the sector for charismatic outsiders with a populist bent.

Within the early Nineteen Nineties, Italy’s nationwide…

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