The filibuster FAQ: Why we need reform

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January 4, 2011
The Nation
by John Nichols  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"Cato the Younger, who inspired the eighteenth-century proponents of a free society who in turn inspired the libertarian Cato Institute, employed the filibuster to slow Julius Caesar's consolidation of authority over the Rome Senate. Caesar jailed Cato at one point and then thought better of it; the consul released Cato, learned a few legislative tricks of his own and succeeded in circumventing the delaying tactic. So let's accept that the filibuster has a history. Let's also accept that the history is one of constant evolution that has always erred on the side of constraining rather than empowering the outliers who would use it to impose the will of the minority on the majority." (01/04/11)  

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