Charles Haines

How can you claim, then, it’s not a consistent body? Not that I believe it is, but see the difficulty in writing about it without making it look like one? There have been consistent manifestations of it, such as the House of Lords in the 18th and 19th centuries. Read Barbara Tuchman’s The Proud Tower to see how consistent it really was.

Your praising it as “hyperefficient” sounds more like rooting for your team. Without either comparing it to other semi-organized collective networks you’re taking it on faith. You might also replay history repeatedly and evaluating how efficient this version of it really is. Unfortunately, neither of those are possible, and you shouldn’t pretend that they are.

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There have always been exceptions to the filibuster rule. It's just club etiquette. The rule has always been that If a clear majority agrees to be discourteous to the minority, the minority is screwed. As far I'm concerned, the filibuster is a hairball the Senate will cough up.

How about Amy Coney Barrett? You must be aware that McConnell broke his own 2016 rule to put her on the court in 2020. Obviously, his constituents expected him to do no less, but it made the court's politicization more explicit. The last vestiges of its judicial independence died this week. Don't expect presidents or the Congress, or even the states, to be bound by its rulings much longer. Though you won't notice at first because this court will always favor the stronger, wealthier faction. The Roberts legacy.

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Charles Haines

Charles Haines

Hermit dilettante. Education undermined by ADHD, diagnosed & treated at 49. Earned journalism degree &I also write fantasy, horror and poetry. Love science.