Gridlock 1932

It would have been easy to feel in 1932 that paralysis in the Reichstag would have tipped support away from the extreme parties back toward the center. It did the opposite. For those of us giddy over Republican inability to govern, Germany may bring a note of caution. Inaction would only push voters back to the center if their move to the right had been reasonable in the first place. A more likely scenario is for voters to want a dictator who can get things done without politics getting in the way. Sobering. 

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