Posted by Robert Alt
Slate has a good article explaining how a "real" filibuster operates, and has some anecdotes from its prior use. One cup read.
The etymology of the word is the best part of the article:
"Hence the term "filibuster," derived from the Spanish filibustero, or
freebooter, meaning "pirate." (That word ultimately goes back to a pair of
Dutch words that mean "free" and "booty"--which may or may not be
relevant to goings-on in the Senate.)
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