This is a terrific, very succinct take on the dramatic events of last week in Brazil. On the one hand, it’s a great thing to see Brazil’s institutions — some of them, at least — strong enough to take on, in a sustained way, even an enormously powerful and popular political figure. But at the same time, it’s deeply sad to see (1) the collapse of what had been an amazing (if overhyped) era, a compelling narrative of democratic consolidation and depth, economic growth, and real improvements in the lives of the poorest Brazilians, and (2) the continuing dysfunction and incompetence of Brazil’s political class and the party system they inhabit and perpetuate. And I wish I could say that I spot the seeds of a sober, determined, and viable reform movement, but I don’t. Am I missing it somewhere?

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