The election of Donald J. Trump to the highest office of the United States, and possibly the world, has served as a lightning rod for politics around the world. The day after his election millions of people around the globe took to the streets and began marching. This was the resistance and the right wing attack ads seemed to hone in on a secret orchestrator: George Soros. George Soros is the boogeyman that the right wing media needs: he’s rich, connected, and hugely philanthropic. Soros may be the right’s version of a boogeyman but the truth is far more enlightening.
George Soros grew up in Nazi-occupied Hungary. He was born in 1930 and had to endure the occupation of 1944 – 1945. During that time Soros saw half a million of his fellow Hungarian Jews dragged off, beaten, and even killed. Among those victims were his own flesh and blood, friends and family, and neighbors. Soros was lucky and strong enough to survive and he eventually emigrated to London where he would go on to study economics and philosophy. Soros came to the realization that the only way to fight totalitarianism, of the kind he saw firsthand, was to live in a world where people felt free. A world where democracy was prized, intelligence was cherished, and social justice was the norm. Learn more on discoverthenetworks.org about George Soros.
In order to live up to these lofty ideals George Soros would eventually set sail, quite literally, to New York City. It was here that Soros joined a brokerage on Wall Street and began investing. A few years later he would establish his own company, the Soros Fund. What followed was a career in investments that made Soros one of the most successful investors in the world and one of the most celebrated political activists. Soros had found his platform and he was going to do what he could in order to help his fellow man thrive.
Of course, when a progressive person rises to these heights it makes them an easy target for right wing media hit pieces. Every counter-conservative protest is met with a wave of conspiracy theories implying that George Soros must be behind it. He’s turned into a hidden ghoul out to subvert the conservative agenda by any means necessary. However, this is not the truth. Yes, George Soros is a progressive and a liberal but he does his work from the spotlight, not the shadows. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.
In fact, George Soros established the Open Society Foundations in order to network thousands of charities and partners across over 100 different countries. He’s focused on bring democracy, social justice, and freedom of expression to as many places as he possibly can. A goal that would be noble for anyone.