Over the years the Republican party has demonized George Soros, claiming he is behind every attack on them. He has become their favorite boogeyman and way to explain away every criticism no matter how valid or who said it. A recent example is the marches that occurred after Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States. Republican’s claimed that this wasn’t a movement by regular citizens but instead of somehow organized and paid for by George Soros.
Depending on one’s politics, the view of George Soros is completely polar. The left see George Soros has someone that has philanthropically supported liberal causes for decades and is the very rare rich person who actually cares about people and broader society. For the right, he is an evil and sinister man despite not being able to articulate why they feel this way or show any evidence. As George Soros is an immigrant to the United States they feel he is a globalist who doesn’t have America’s best interests at heart which is especially ridiculous as they support a President who appears to have extensive ties to Russia.
George Soros made his fortune in the financial industry and is presently worth about $25 billion. While many on the right didn’t like that he donated to liberal causes in the 1980’s and 1990’s, they grew apoplectic after he became involved in stopping President George Bush earn a second term in 2004. George Soros was opposed to the Iraq War from the beginning which greatly displeased the right and their ties to the military industrial complex. The conservative propaganda machine has ever since claimed he is behind every conspiracy that they feel is against them. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.
While he has made a fortune, George Soros has also given a fortune away. He has philanthropically given more than $12 billion over the years to various causes around the world. The types of causes he supports are those that fight against tyranny and standing for those who want transparency, justice, equality, and an accountable government. He developed these interests early in life as he was born in Hungary which was occupied by the Nazi’s while he was there. His family fled to London and he eventually ended up in America. Know more on investopedia.com about George Soros.
George Soros founded the Open Societies Foundation which now operates in over 100 countries around the globe. His foundation represents the thoughts of Karl Popper, an early influence in George Soros’ life. An open society is one that allows for freedom of expression, democracy, and a fundamental respect for the rights of individuals. He started giving money to causes like these in 1979 when he provided scholarships to South African black people that were living under apartheid.