We interrupt this study break...

To report that I’ve succombed to total despair about Venezuela. The email I’m getting from Caracas is truly terrible: the government’s extremism is worse than ever; the opposition’s haplessness has reached new heights.

The space between the Scylla of civil war and the Charybdis of open dictatorship is closing fast. The space was always narrow, but today it seems vanishingly small, hopelessly tiny, way too little to fit a whole country through.

Somebody please post something to cheer me up!