George Soros has established himself as a world leader as a progressive and philanthropist. Soros has been working toward equality, social justice, and true democracy in countries all across the planet including here at home in the United States. George Soros was born in Hungary but now lives in New York City. His work with the Open Society Foundations has made him something of a boogeyman to the right wing of America’s political spectrum. Soros hasn’t let right wing pressure curb his enthusiasm to help bring positive change to the world and that is exactly what we are going to be focusing on, even in the wake of Donald Trump’s election and elevation to President of the United States — a sentence that still is hard to read.
To really understand George Soros you need to look at his philosophical education as well as his young upbringing and first hand experience with the Nazi regime. We’ll start by going back to Budapest, Hungary where George Soros was born and raised — happily until 1944 when the first Nazis rolled in for their year long occupation of the country. While German Nazi’s occupied Hungary nearly 500,000 Hungarian Jews would end up brutally murdered for being nothing more than who they were. Soros and his family, all Jewish, would help as many as possible hide and get away before ultimately fleeing to London.
In London George Soros attended the London School of Economics. In order to get this higher education Soros was forced to work two different jobs while attending to his studies. He worked as a porter and as a nightclub bouncer. While going to school Soros would focus on the writings of Karl Popper, a prominent Open World philosopher who fundamentally believed that capitalism and crony capitalism could be the end of progress due to the intrinsic nature of greed within the system. Soros would take this writing to heart and it would form the foundation of what he believed in as he made his way to America in order to establish himself.
When George Soros came to America he got to work straight away by establishing the Soros Hedge Fund. This would become one of the most effective investment funds in the history of the country. Soros used this success in order to create the Open Society Foundations which would go on to become his philanthropic branch. The Open Society Foundations has donated nearly $12 billion to grassroots foundations and activists all around the world. The goal of the OSF has been to bring equality, social justice, education, and government transparency to key plays on the planet. Soros is also using the OSF to make a difference here at home in America.