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In this essay, I propose that we take Publius and Lincoln at their word, and consider some lessons that the New World experiment in republican government can offer to an Old World in the pangs of political rebirth. I do not mean to suggest that the American tradition merits full-fledged replication abroad. Nor is such replication likely; the draft constitutions of most Eastern European countries rightly reflect the countries' own traditions, and those of Western Europe, at least as much as they reflect the American experience. I simply suggest that the American experience does have some valuable lessons to offer as Eastern Europe goes through the process of constitution-making.

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