George Soros is, perhaps, one of the most notable progressives in the entire world. Soros first leaped into politics when he stood up to George W. Bush in order to argue against the march to war in Iraq following the devastating 9/11 terrorist attacks. Since then, Soros has steadily increased his profile into one of the most notable and effective progressive voices in the world. Now, Soros is in the news for his latest gesture toward progressive change: a donation of $18 billion to the Open Society Foundations.
The Open Society Foundations is a charity that George Soros established back in 1979. The goal of the charity is to support grassroots activists all around the world in their fight for equality, social justice, freedom of expression and transparent government. The OSF has been active in major regions all around the world, from Apartheid-era Africa to the fight for marriage equality here in the United States. Soros is proud of his wealth and proud of his ability to give almost all of it away to charity in order to fight for the things that he believes in. Soros says, “My success in the financial markets has given me a greater degree of independence than most other people.” Soros continues to say, “This allows me to take a stand on controversial issues. In fact, it obliges me to do so because others cannot.”
Soros decision to shift $18 billion of his own personal wealth to charity is one that quickly made headlines around the United States and the rest of the world. While the reaction was largely positive, many on the right wing of American politics believe it just another ploy by their favorite progressive bogeyman. Thanks to Soros’ success in finance and his outspoken progressive beliefs, any action he takes becomes an instant and nefarious plot according to his conservative detractors. Still, that hasn’t stopped Soros from continuing to stand up for what he believes, even in the face of baseball accusations and skepticism from those on the right.
Born and raised in Hungary, George Soros quickly saw a normal life vanish when the Nazi occupation began while he was still a young teenager. Soros and his family were forced to flee the country, eventually emigrating to London. In London Soros would go on to study at the London School of Economics and he would work multiple jobs in order to pay his tuition. Soros would eventually graduate and set sail for New York in order to pursue his dreams of making it big as a business owner. Soros would take with him everything that he learned about the Open Society as written by Karl Popper. This mindset would eventually inform Soros’ decision to start the Open Society Foundation.
A huge aspect of Soros decision to donate his wealth to charity was the rise of Donald Trump. Soros saw Trump as an immediate and epic threat to many of the most basic elements of progressive life. Rather than what Trump’s disastrous regime erode all of these great qualities, Soros decided to fight back.
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