The long, international, and occasionally dignified history of the filibuster | FP Passport

Origins of the fillibuster:

The etymology of the term stems from a Dutch word for privateers, and it entered the American lexicon via Spanish as rogue American settlers tried to seize land in Cuba, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Mexico in the mid-19th century. Locally, they were called filibusteros — “free-booters” — and their populist movement was a diplomatic nightmare for the U.S. government.

via The long, international, and occasionally dignified history of the filibuster | FP Passport.

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2 thoughts on “The long, international, and occasionally dignified history of the filibuster | FP Passport

  1. Taylor Shippen says:

    I’m not sure that the filibuster is doing anything to improve the image of washington. People seem to see Washington as completely partisan and dysfunctional. Executing a filibuster is just that; forcing a conversation to become partisan and dysfunctional. Regardless of its roots, it seems to be a cultural tradition we should consider doing away with.

  2. Taylor Shippen says:

    Hmm, I was going to tone down that last comment, but there seems to be no edit function. I’ll take that into account in the future.

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