Summary of “Unfixable: Several nations have tried to restore democracy after populist strongmen. It was never the same.”

Even in places where populists have already severely damaged freedoms, opinion leaders say democracy can be restored after those leaders leave.
Extrapolating lessons for the United States and other nations, the report notes that rebuilding democracy is arduous and hardly guaranteed, but that countries can potentially heal the wounds left by powerful executives who attacked it.
More recent populist regimes haven’t ended with a rupture or a reversion to democracy.
Citizens who lose faith in democracy and turn to antidemocratic tactics to oust populist leaders grease the slide toward permanent authoritarianism.
During long periods of true autocracy, especially in countries that have never experienced democracy, faith in democratic systems fares well.
In Thailand in the 1990s, after years of autocratic and military governments but before the rise of autocratic populism, citizens were similarly optimistic about democracy.
Autocratic populists erode faith in democracy itself – a faith already damaged in many countries by the failures of democratic politicians to deal with issues like inequality, migration and weak worker protections.
Similar declines in faith in democracy can be seen in several hotbeds of autocratic populism.

The orginal article.