People who use it are explaining the complex development of the situation, that usually leads to a worse situation. I have used that term in explaining what might come and happen there years ago. Usually, the response was, "Oh, it can not happen here because (whatever reason)."
It is very hard to force folks to change their opinions based on articles they might read. I felt that many times. But events that have happened in the last period of time probably has changed a lot of opinions.
Actually, a lot of the things that I wrote about years ago happened there in the United States later. A lot of things that "can never happen there" are happening "there".