WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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a Republican appointee to the Supreme Judicial Court who cast the decisive vote in the 2003 decision that made Massachusetts the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. But after a career marked by prestigious awards, prodigious scholarship and distin- guished protégés, Schechter said that if he were a student today, he probably wouldn't go into political science—and that's not just because the job market in the field is so bad. While government has grown to many times the size it was when Schechter was starting out, Congressional gridlock has ham- strung its power to improve people's lives. Schechter traces this dysfunction to Ronald Reagan, who famously said: "The most terrifying words in the English lan- guage are: I'm from the government, and I'm here to help." He says that as the Republican Party has capitalized on disdain for Washington, it has cleansed its ranks of pragmatists who might find common ground with Democrats. There would be no place in today's GOP for a liberal senator like New York's Jacob Javits, whom Schechter fondly recalls backing. Alan Schechter, version 2016, would still pursue social justice, but said he would do so through a nonprofit. And where, after earning his bachelor's, would he go to learn the necessary skills? Schechter paused a few moments. He then answered: "Harvard Business School or some similar place." 71 w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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