The American Constitution may be compared to an organism with a high nervous development that enables it to adapt itself to changes. in its environment or even to new environments. As such an organism is the result of evolution, so is our Federal Constitution the product of centuries of human experience in the science of government. Probably most of the great political philosophers of all ages have donated their mite to the finished product. To MONTESQUIEU we owe in part, at least, our constitutional doctrine of the separation of powers.
LeRoy G. Pilling,
Interpretation of the Eleventh Amendment,
Mich. L. Rev.
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