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Fans of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren take note, yours is a doomed ideology. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the demise of their role models to the east.

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Most people know that the storming of the Bastille triggered the French Revolution, the assassination of Austria’s Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo triggered World War I, and the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989, exactly 30 years ago, triggered the collapse of communism in Europe, ending the Cold War division of the continent and the world.

But to understand any of those events requires a knowledge of what came before and what came after, and in the case of the Wall, an event of the past that continues to influence the present, that context is essential.

To read more on The Daily Beast:

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