The state of politics in the USA has reached a critical breaking point. The election of Donald Trump to the White House, through dubious means, has sent a lightning bolt through the heart of America. Liberals and progressives are anxiously looking for some place by which to take solace, and they may have found it that place with George Soros. Soros is one of the most noted billionaire progressives on the planet. His life’s work has been focused towards engineering social change, democratic prosperity, and equality and social justice around the world. Soros was recently in the news, not just for his staunch opposition to Donald Trump, but for his eye-popping donations to his philanthropic outreach — the Open Society Foundations.
The Open Society Foundations is the perfect starting point for learning about the state of progressive policies around the world. Established more than thirty years ago, the Open Society Foundations is the philanthropic arm that George Soros uses in order to spread his message around the planet. The OSF partners with foundations in over 100 countries worldwide in order to fight for social change, democracy, freedom of expression, and accountable government. Soros and the OSF have worked in places like Apartheid era Africa, throughout Europe as advocates for the Roma people, and even here in the United States of America in order to fight for marriage equality.
In November, following a spree of nationalist inspired hate crimes, Soros made a $10 million donation to his own charity in order to try and, according to George Soros, “We must do something to push back against what’s happening here.” This, however, was just the start of Soros’ donations to his his philanthropic outreach. Over the past several years Soros has, in cumulative, donated nearly $18 billion to his philanthropic outreach. Soros has donated so much that he has actually fallen down the Forbes wealth list. Soros plans to do work around the USA and abroad in order to continue fighting for his staunch progressive values. Learn more about George at The Atlantic.
In order to understand why George Soros is the way that he is, you’d have to go back to his early childhood. Soros was born and raised in Hungary until he was a teenager. It was during his 13th year that the Nazi occupation began. hHe Nazi occupation of Hungary would lead to a catastrophic amount of deaths in the region as nearly 500,000 Hungarian born Jewish citizens would end up murdered. Soros and his family would be lucky enough to flee the country and emigrate out to London. Despite escaping to London, Soros would carry with him the things he learned about blind nationalism and potential dangers that they would involve.
In London, Soros would go to school at the London University of Economics where he would work multiple jobs just to pay his tuition. Soros would learn of the writing of Karl Popper and in that writing he would find out about the Open Society concept. After graduation Soros would move to America to begin his work as a stock fund manager. Read more about George at The New York Times.