George Soros has recently made the donation of the century. He donated eighteen billion dollars to the Open Society Foundations, according to the New York Times.
It is sad that some people continue to demonize him, in spite of, or perhaps because of, his large donation. According to The Atlantic, the demonization of George Soros has a lot to do with the political society in the United States at large. There is just so much viciousness on both sides of the political aisle. People hate the people who support the other side. In addition, people are naturally suspicious of the so called elites.
This creates a toxic atmosphere where anyone who donates money to a just cause becomes a target of people who are frustrated with their own lack of progress. Of course, this holds true for both sides of the aisle. For example, on the Republican side, mega donors such as Robert Mercer and the Koch brothers are sometimes demonized by people on the left. However, The Atlantic did point out that the theories about Republican philanthropists are more rooted in reality.
This narrative, where people who donate money are somehow working against “the people,” is a dangerous narrative. It does not allow for a real discussion about the role philanthropists play in our society. In addition, conspiracy theories, such as the ones that are being coughed up by the extremists about George Soros, are often used as tool against democracy.
George Soros has long been a leading force for change and progress. He became very wealthy, and he had more money than he would ever need. That is why he decided to start the Open Society Foundations. He wanted to help out others. He lived both through the Nazi oppression and the Communist oppression. Those were both closed societies where people did not enjoy freedom. As someone who experienced that firsthand, he knew that he wanted to help support free societies. The goals of the Open Society Foundations are to make closed societies more open and to make it more viable for open societies to exist.
He started out in South Africa, giving scholarships to black students who were suffering from apartheid. At a certain point, he realized that apartheid was so powerful and so much part of the system that he could not accomplish that much, so he set his sights elsewhere. He established foundations for his home country of Hungary and the surrounding countries, such as Poland. He supported various groups that were working against the Communist regime for freedom.
Eventually, the Soviet Union shut down, which led to the collapse of communism around the world. In Hungary, his foundation became the main force that was pushing for freedom and an open society. The more they worked, the more they succeeded and the more the communist government started to collapse. Now, there is freedom and democracy in Hungary and Poland. It is all thanks to the Open Society Foundations.
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