George Soros and the Power of Progressive Politics

George Soros first rose to political fame during the 2004 Presidential Election campaign of Al Gore. Soros would go on to donate a staggering $27 million to Gore’s campaign in an effort to take incumbent President George W. Bush out of office. Obviously, Bush would win the election albeit in controversial circumstances but the statement was clear: George Soros is here to stay and he’s willing to put his money where his beliefs are. Still, Soros decided to scale back his contributions to political campaigns following that election season, preferring instead to focus on his own philanthropy and work abroad. However, the 2016 election season of Trump v. Clinton was enough to motivate him out of the shadows. Know more about George Soros on Investopedia.

For liberals and progressives there are few billionaires out there that are putting their money where their beliefs are and that is what makes George Soros so special. In fact, so rare are liberal billionaire donors that he has become something of a boogeyman to the entire right wing faction of politics in the United States. Soros is coming back now and the right is ready to have another freak out about his involvement in politics. Soros was fueled to return by the rise of populism espoused by then Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump. Soros called him one of the biggest threats to America and Soros acted like it, too.

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George Soros came out to support Hillary Clinton and a host of other progressive candidates during the 2016 campaign. Michael Vachon, the political adviser for George Soros, said that the stakes were “exceptionally high” in politics and that Soros could not just sit idly by and watch as Trump campaigned to strip America of everything he believed in. Vachon goes on to say, “They were high even before Trump became the nominee because of the hostility on the other side.”

George Soros has always believed in a grassroots approach to political activism and that has been his M.O. with turning the Open Society Foundations into a global juggernaut. The Open Society Foundations is a monumental philanthropic endeavor that seeks to empower people all across the globe in their fight for democracy, unity, and progressive ideals. One such place that these ideals were seized upon was in Ferguson, MO during the Ferguson Protests.

The Ferguson Protests were foisted upon America following the shooting death of Michael Brown, a black man, by Officer Darren Wilson, a white man. The protests were a response to the systemic police brutality and discrimination that was found to be rampant in the Ferguson Police Department. These protests were also funded, in part, thanks to donations from George Soros to grassroots activist campaigns. Soros believes that the people should be in charge of their future but that they might need funding in order to help make that change happen. Read this story at Politico.com about George Soros.

George Soros Wants Change in American Societies

George Soros was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1930 and later founded his family company known as Soros Fund Management. Since his move to Wall Street to establish his own hedge fund in 1969, he has become one of the most politically powerful individuals. Soros may have a huge influence with his $13 billion personal fortune but there were many challenges he faced before reaching success, like escaping the Nazis in 1944 before moving to England three years later. There Soros decided to attend the London School of Economics, known as LSE. There he met a Vinnese-born philosphoer known as Karl Popper who later becomes known as his spiritual mentor.

Reading Popper’s 1945 book The Open Society and Its Enemies introduced Soros to the idea of an open society, playing a part in his thoughts and activities as he grew to maturity and started to reject modern-day political figures. This caused Soros to become an advocator for liberal causes.

The year of 1979 led to the first of his many Open Society Foundations. The objective was to help “build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable for their citizens.” There are Open Society Foundations in more than 70 countires around the wrold today. In one of his many books, Open Society: Roforming Global Capitalism, Soros explains that the society he searches for is one that includes “freedom, democracy, and rule of law, human rights, social justice, and social responsibility as a universal idea.” Know more on CNBC about George Soros.

Today, Open Society Foundation has a total asset of more than $1.9 billion. The foundation awards millions of dollars in grants to organizations like the ACLU and HRW that promote the same views and objectives as George Soros’. This list includes organizations that: accuse America of violating certain civil rights and liberties, organizations that try to counterbalance America’s endured racism, organizations that portray America’s criminal-justice system as racist, organizations that disparage capitalism while promoting dramatic expansion of social-welfare, organizations that support socialized medicine, and any other organization or foundation that promotes a left progressive political agenda. Read more on NYTimes.com.