You would never think that a country like Germany could go down this path either.
The article does have a point, but the situation in Germany was different after WWI with the treaty of Versailles and the high reparation payments, combined with the great depression, an unemployment rate of '23%', and hyperinflation.
In April of 1919 One Dollar U.S. equaled 12 Reichsmarks
in Dec. of 1923 One Dollar U.S. equaled 4,200,000,000,000 RM
In 4 1/2 Years from 12 marks to 4.2 trillion marks!
When a little Austrian guy by the name of Adolf Hitler came along and promised everyone 'food and work' of course people voted for him.
In a halfway prosperous Germany Adolf Hitler's chances to gain power would have been slim to none.
In an ideal World, Hitler would have been a better painter, and never have entered politics.
Even so U.S. politicians of any stripe prefer to ignore the reality of it, I think the possibility to see the establishment of totalitarian Communist or Socialist Countries anywhere South of the U.S. border is very real.
All it will take is a charismatic leader who promises something to all the people who have nothing.