Over his years an an investor and trader, George Soros has made billions of dollars. Early on in his financial career Soros, a Hungarian born New Yorker, found that he had more than he needed. Since then he has been contributing funds to movements that he hopes will improve the world that we live in.
Soros lived through the Nazi movement and World War II, events which effected his outlook greatly. He realized that what he valued most of all, and what he felt the world most needed, was open society. After the fall of the Berlin wall, he felt that nations who already enjoyed freedom needed to be mobilized in support of the once communist nations.
He knew from his experience that people would need help structuring society in positive ways in the vacuum that results from a political overthrow. He found that people in the Western, free nations did not support his views. They felt that the countries should be left alone, to do things in their own way and with their own resources. Soros disagreed, and forged ahead on his own. He donated considerable funds, time and energy for years after the Berlin Wall fell. With his efforts he hoped to support the formulation of what he calls “open society” in places that were once communism. Read more at Politico about George Soros.
Soros states that what communism and fascism do wrong is that they are systems that propagate an ultimate truth. Soros holds that no human can know the truth, and so society must be structured in a way that allows for individual variations in truth. While communism and fascism used to be the enemy to open society, the world now contends with a new enemy: capitalism. Soros says that capitalism and intense individuals are just as much of a threat to open society as communism and fascism were, because they propagate a “truth” and are based on the idea that there is only one right way.
That kind of an outlook will never work, says Soros. In an article printed in The Atlantic he argues, “In social and political affairs the participants’ perceptions help to determine reality”. If this two way connection exists, than no human or group of humans can really know the truth. No group should ever instill and enforce a “truth” over other humans. This concept of openness has been referred to in history as an “open society”, and Soros supports that term. When he first made it big in the financial arena, he set up a foundation called The Open Society Fund. In addition to this foundation, Soros supports the concept of an open society in many ways. On a global scale, he participated in the rebuilding of the former USSR. I
n America, he gives abundantly to organizations and non-profits that support equality and wealth distribution. In the last several years he gave millions to committed that mobilize voters and protect voting rights. In last years campaign race between President Trump and Hilary Clinton, Soros donated generously in favor of Clinton. He gave $5 million to the group “immigrant Voters Win”, which motivated Hispanic immigrants to vote in the election. George Soros’ influence is positive and far reaching. He is a thought leader who puts his money behind the ideas that he espouses. Visit this site to know more at opensocietyfoundations.org.