Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Sentences you won't hear me say very often
"Here's a very nice post at the Volokh Conspiracy consisting almost entirely of a quote from George Will."
The filibuster is an important defense of minority rights, enabling democratic government to measure and respect not merely numbers but also intensity in public controversies. Filibusters enable intense minorities to slow the governmental juggernaut. Conservatives, who do not think government is sufficiently inhibited, should cherish this blocking mechanism. And someone should puncture Republicans' current triumphalism by reminding them that someday they will again be in the minority.In case you might be tempted to give too much credit to Will for his sensible level-headedness, check Brian Leiter on academic diversity.