My impression is that when a nation has problems and the people try a radical political solution, it never works out. It always results in dictatorship, war, incompetence or new problems.
The depression in Germany in the 1930s. The poverty that led to communism in China & the USSR (China is doing better now but that’s because they abandoned communism). The Iranian revolution and the Islamist movement in general. People were dancing in the streets when Saddam Hussein took over in Iraq. That didn’t work out for them.
Basically when a country is facing problems and the people and/or government try a radical solution, does it ever work out or does it always just lead to more problems?
The only situation I can think of where maybe it works is overthrowing a dictatorship. But doesn’t that just lead to new dictatorships most of the time (communist and islamist dictatorships are worse than the ones they replace)? The situations where a dictatorship transform into a democracy seem to be more about widespread protests and bureaucrats making changes, not people adopting a radical new ideology (communism, fascism, Islamism, etc).
By problems I mean things like poverty, famine, massive injustice, widespread health problems, oppression, etc.
Is incrementalism always the best choice in these situations or does radicalism ever work?