People often ask, ``how are you able to keep such a highly complex
organization as the Stammtisch Beau Fleuve operating so smoothly,
efficiently, perspicaciously, and virtuously?'' And we always, every one
of us, answer: ``by consensus.'' Yes, this ideal of democracy, attempted
by King Arthur, by Pompeii
[ftnt. 2], by
the ancient Polish Sejm, and more recently with indifferent success by the
Supreme Praesidium of the Soviet Union, has been
perfected by us.
A Civics Lesson
This very Homepage is an example of our system of governance in action.
When I considered whether it
would be a good thing to discover to
a wider world the existence of our institution, once known only to an
elite few, I knew we ran the risk of tragically disappointing those who,
by geographical misadventure, or due to previous luncheon arrangements, would
be unable et cetera. Naturally, I recognized that I should only
proceed with the most full approval of all of our complete membership. Under
our system, I was assured that there would be a complete consensus. Moreover,
since I wasn't planning to change my mind, I knew that everyone would consense
with me. Thus, reassured by my fellow-members' generous granting of
unsolicited yet unanimous support, I proceeded in confidence.
People also often ask, ``how are you able to achieve such an agreeably
agreeable agreement in the Stammtisch Beau Fleuve, operating so
smoothly, without sinking into predictability, ennui,
boredom, and coma?''
``Ha-ha,'' we always answer. An illustration of how this works is the
reaction to my announcement that we had decided to create a Homepage. Although
unanimous approval was a foregone assumption, that approval was expressed in
a variety of interesting, supportive, constructive and informative ways. A
sampling of comments:
``What is a `home page'?'' [Yes, this comment was spoken using British
``Side chains are very harmful.'' [See minutes entry on
``Why is it that the lists in this section all have exactly
(No, really I just made that up.)
Members were also amused to learn the name of our institution.
Take me home.
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