You don’t have to be a political junkie to understand that George Soros is one of the leading philanthropists and progressive political voices in the world today. Soros, a Hungarian born citizen now residing in New York, has spent the better part of the last fifty years fighting for justice and equality across the map. As a result Soros has both won the hearts of those in need while simultaneously becoming the ultimate boogeyman for those on the right wing of the political spectrum. George Soros speaks out on a great number of issues and the election of Donald Trump has only served to embolden his approach.
You can look back to the mid-90s as a time that George Soros foresaw just how dangerous the world could come if it were to become completely beholden by greedy capitalists and populists. Soros penned an inviting and knowledgeable column about the threats of unchecked capitalism for The Atlantic and in it he cited many of the great philosophers that informs the way he lives his life to this day. The column featured Soros leaning on the works of Karl Popper and Henri Bergson. Popper was born in Australia and he wrote, “The Open Society and Its Enemies”. The book detailed just how dangerous populism could get in the face of a world that wanted to be free.
Of course, Soros early upbringing is probably the most qualifying reason that he lives the way he does to this day. Soros was born and raised in Hungary and he was a kid when the Nazis came to occupy their country. It was 1944 when the Nazi occupation of Hungary began. Over the next year nearly 500,000 Hungarian born Jews would end up murdered by the brutal regime. During that year Soros and his family would help countless Jews flee the country, guiding them to false papers and hidden routes. Eventually Soros and his family would escape to London.
In London George Soros would work hard at two different part time jobs in order to pay his own way through school at the London School of Economics. Soros would begin to study Popper and the writings of Henri Bergson. By the time Soros graduated he had a world view that would hold in place for the rest of his life and it would lead to his political activity that we see today. After graduation George Soros would move to the United States, establish the Soros Hedge Fund, and become the billionaire we know of to this day. In the ’70s Soros would start the Open Society Foundations which would become his philanthropic arm, donating nearly $13 billion to foundations across the entire planet over the past forty years.