You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs and you can’t enter the political world without earning a few enemies. George Soros is a world renowned progressive and philanthropist known for his global push toward democracy, freedom of thought and expression, and support for the oppressed. So, of course he has managed to become the boogeyman of an entire realm of politics. If you listened to just right wing radio you might come away with the impression that George Soros is some sort of Machiavellian mastermind, determined to subvert good and honest people. Well, luckily we are here to clear up the propaganda nd introduce you to the real man behind the power.
George Soros is a prolific investor and philanthropist who has literal decades of experience in the political realm. Soros made his fortune in the early ’70s while running the Soros Fund Management. Today, Soros is worth surpassing $25 billion. Michael Vachon, a spokesman for Soros Fund Management stated, “George Soros first found himself in the crosshairs of the conservative propaganda machine when he publicly expressed opposition to the march to war in Iraq.” And, indeed, it seems like much of Soros’ ‘boogeyman‘ status can be traced directly back to this period of time. Soros was a vocal George W. Bush detractor and he went through great lengths to help try and get Al Gore elected in the ’04 election.
However, the idea that George Soros is some sort of liberal shadow puppet is as laughable as it is conspiratorial. George Soros was born in 1930 in Hungary where he would grow up during the Nazi occupation of 1944 – 1945. During that time period Soros saw firsthand what an autocratic, totalitarian, and ruthless regime would do to those they could oppress. During that single years’ time over 500,000 Hungarian-Jews would end up killed, some of whom were Soros’ own neighbors, friends, and family. It was this formative year that would inform George Soros’ and his eventual run toward becoming a global leader of progressive and social justice ideology. Read his profile at Business Insider.
George Soros was one of the lucky ones to survive the Nazi occupation of Hungary and he would soon emigrate to London. Here Soros would study at the London School of Economics where he would familiarize himself with investing, finances, and even the philosophy of one Karl Popper. Karl Popper wrote extensively on how totalitarianism could only be fought by a free and open society, full of justice for all. It was this groundwork of education, along with his own experiences under Nazi occupation that would lead Soros to America. In America Soros would establish the Open Society Foundations: his greatest work toward a more prominent and just future. Learn more about his profile at Forbes.com.