George Soros has worked his entire life to become one of the foremost fighters for progressive values on the planet. Soros is, of course, known for his work through his philanthropic arm — the Open Society Foundations. The OSF has been focused on creating a borderless world where people hold their government accountable, freedom is available for everyone, and social justice is constantly fought for. These values, along with his billionaire status, have made George Soros enemy #1 of the entire right wing political party on Earth. The scariest part to the right wing is that Soros is successful and he isn’t going away any time soon.
George Soros was raised as a child in Hungary before ultimately he would have to flee during the Nazi Occupation of 1944. Soros and his family, all Jews, would go on to help countless individuals flee the country before they themselves fled for London. Still, over 500,000 people would die during that year of occupation, a catastrophic and tragic number. This event would shape and sharpen Soros’ viewpoints as he grew older. He realized how dangerous an oppressive regime of nationalists could be. He understood what it was like for justice to only be applied in part. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.
So, when Donald Trump began campaigning on a platform of hate, ignorance, and intolerance George Soros felt obliged to get back into the action. Soros would leap back into the political fray in order to start fundraising for progressive politicians, including Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Soros would donate nearly $25 million to Clinton and the rest of the progressive party ticket. These millions would go toward combating the billions that the conservative Koch Brothers pour into each and every election. Still, Donald Trump would win the Presidency and George Soros would vow to never back down, constantly being a thorn in the side of President Trump as he sought to enact his destructive legislation.
Much of what Soros has he can owe to capitalism, but that hasn’t prevented him from looking at the market critically. Capitalism, Soros believes, is actually one of the primary threats of a civilized and ‘open society’. Soros pulled the ‘open society’ term from Henri Bergson, a writer back in the 1930s, as well as the works of Karl Popper whom Soros would study while going to school in London. Capitalism, not communism, Soros believes to be the biggest threat facing the nation today. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com
George Soros points out that much of the world believes in the ‘magic of the marketplace’ but he also posits that this isn’t a good thing. Soros believes that what he believes to be the ‘common good‘ cannot be pursued if self-interest is at the core of all our dealings. These are strong words to consider, especially from someone as successful as George Soros.