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In Memory of Adam Solomon

April 3rd, 2008

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It is with deep sadness that we today remember Adam Solomon, who passed away last night.

In Judaism, the highest calling is “tikkun olam” – the healing of the world. Adam’s entire being, his very soul, strove to meet that calling, to fulfill that injunction as if it were, in fact, the greater sum of all the commandments. And I saw his unshakable commitment to that calling as both a close personal friend and as a leader of Third Way.

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Yoo-thenizing the Constitution

April 3rd, 2008

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While I was living in Mexico City in February 1995, the newly elected Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo arrested Raul Salinas, the brother of Zedillo’s powerful and wealthy predecessor, Carlos Salinas. Raul was arrested for a high profile assassination among other suspicions. It was a glorious moment in Mexican history.

As a friend told me the story at the time, Carlos, despite having completed his Presidency a few months prior, sent security forces loyal to him and his allies, to intervene in the arrest. In response, Zedillo sent the military to ensure the arrest took place. Additionally, Zedillo made a grand declaration that would fundamentally alter the future of Mexico and begin its transformation from a corrupt third-world banana republic into a free, liberal democracy. Zedillo asserted that “Today, nobody… absolutely nobody, is above the law. We are no longer a country of powerful men, but a country of powerful laws!” Because, in essence, THAT is the difference between democracy and dictatorship, the difference between freedom and authoritarianism. The rule of laws and equal justice under the law for all, rather than the rule of the whims of men regardless of how they arrived at their position.

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