South Viet Nam: A Vote for the Future

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Western democracy was centuries in the creating. Teaching its fragile forms and subtle exercises to an alien culture would be a difficult experiment in the best of circumstances. To try to transplant democracy to Viet Nam in the year 1967 would seem a rash and reckless enterprise in the worst of places at the worst of times. Yet this year, South Viet Nam has promulgated a constitution written by a popularly elected Constituent Assembly. Voters in more than 4,000 villages and hamlets have gone to the polls to choose their own local officials. And last week the people of...

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