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Fascinating! I think this intensity of feeling thing is enormously important. It's so essential to person-to-person relations that it's a wonder if we can ever govern ourselves without it. I love the idea of institutionalized congressional mechanism of intensity weighting and your point that we have one in the fillibuster. Also the 4:1 matching is beautiful, and something I'd never heard or thought of. This intensity business is a far too implicit factor regarding the right to demonstrate and protest. There is frivolousness and bad faith in protest just as in litigation, which makes one sympathetic to speech-limiting measures to keep the traffic moving and offices open...but then how many millions more people would be dead and/or oppressed were it not for Act Up? It's all about intensity.

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