The American political scene has never been so disparate as it is now, at least not in several generations. The election campaign of Donald Trump, built on violent rhetoric and rampant nationalism, helped to rise a dark cloud of hate over the United States. In line with Trump’s ascent was a rising tide of hate crimes and right-wing violence. George Soros, a billionaire progressive and philanthropist, has stood up as an icon for the left and a figure that stands to resist the dangers that Trump is pulling the United States toward. One of the big ways that George Soros is fighting back against Trump’s disastrous regime is by way of his charitable foundation, the Open Society Foundations. George Soros is in the news right now for donating nearly $18 billion of his own fortune toward the foundation and that seems to be the beginning of a great philanthropic push by Soros to try and right some very major wrongs in the world.
The Open Society Foundations was something that Soros dreamed of creating ever since he started reading the works of Karl Popper regarding an Open Society. Soros moved to America from London in the ’50s and he would go on to establish the OSF in the ’70s. Since then, Soros and his foundation have donated more than $19 billion to grassroots organizations all around the corners of the globe. Soros and his team are focused on bringing social justice, government transparency, freedom of expression and more to every place that they can find. Of course, the OSF focuses on humanitarian aid toward those in need — such as the persecuted Roma people, those who struggled under Apartheid in Africa, and even those afflicted by the most recent and deadly Ebola epidemic. For all of the good that George Soros does, why does he continually get painted as some sort of evil mastermind by those in the right-wing media?
If you listened to only right-wing sources like Breitbart or Fox News, you would be convinced that Soros was the leader behind several of the largest movements in the country — Antifa, Black Lives Matters and so on. In fact, to take this a step further, those same media sources would convince you that Soros was some sort of Machiavellian spider, capable of orchestrating nefarious plots that seemingly only damaged conservatives. This is, of course, total nonsense but the mindset has continued to poison the well of philanthropy that Soros so often turns to. By demonizing George Soros, these media sources are able to effectively shrug off the great and humanitarian work he is doing with his foundation all across the world. Some have even gone so far as to paint Soros’ recent donation to the OSF as the beginnings of a ‘liberal Death Star’ — whatever that means.
The truth about George Soros and his work with the Open Society Foundations is simple: he wants to do good things in order to help people. The OSF has become one of the most giving philanthropic foundations in the world and they are set for the foreseeable future, no matter what grumpy conservative radio hosts might say.
George Soros’s Social Media: twitter.com/georgesoros