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Democracy Seeks a Do-Over in Tunisia

    Nations deserve more than one chance to build a working system of government

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There may be no better way to derail a conversation about governance with a friend from a non-Anglo-Saxon nation than to mention The Federalist Papers – in particular Federalist Ten.  Those eighty-five essays, written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay, were published mostly in New York newspapers beginning in the autumn of 1787, quickly collected and widely read. They argued for junking the existing Articles of Confederation under which the thirteen colonies had operated since declaring their independence (Alexander Hamilton called the Confederation an “imbecility”) in favor of  the Constitution drafted that summer – the Miracle At Philadelphia,