On Mon, Nov 30, 2020, 5:20 AM Paul Sokolovsky 
So, if anything, we're re-tracing JavaScript steps. We're in dire need of const'ness in the language.

Somehow I've used Python for 22 years without experiencing that direness.

I've taught thousands of students already experienced in other languages (most with constants) without anyone noting the need). I've been *read* by MILLIONS of readers using Python without mentioning the need to me.

Somehow "dire" doesn't strike me as the right word.... Maybe you were looking for "conceivably useful in niche cases."?