We hear his name frequently, Hungarian-American tycoon, thrice married, father of five, born in Budapest in 1930, lived through the Nazi occupation of Hungary, migrated to England where he received both bachelor and master’s degrees in economics and philosophy from the London School of Economics, emigrated to the U.S. in 1957.
We’re talking George Soros, of course.
I had become sick of hearing his name, always denounced by the right, as a contributor to so many adverse events occurring in our country. I thought it couldn’t always be him.
In school, he was strongly influenced by Karl Popper, an Austrian-British philosopher, who favored open society, including the rejection of societal regulation based on science.
He has made a huge fortune, leaving him the 19th wealthiest man in the world. He’s donated $30,000,000,000 to his special project, the Open Society Foundation (OSF).
Open society is defined as one characterized by a flexible structure, freedom of belief, and wide dissemination of information. This sounds pretty good, but further reading on the subject informs one that this philosophy rejects orderly government, with its’ regulations and laws, allowing people to come to their own decisions about how to behave. This could explain why followers of this philosophy don’t appear to be thinking rationally. That’s not a requirement.
George Soros’ positions include the assertion that the war on drugs is more harmful than drugs. He helped to kick start the move toward legalization of medical marijuana in the 2000’s. In a slight twist, the values of his foundation include fundamental rights, dignity, rule of law, having all people participate in civic, economic and cultural life while addressing inequalities, such as race, class, gender, sexual orientation and citizenship.
Of course, Mr. Soros favors open borders.
Many organizations have spun off from the Open Society Foundation throughout the world and are funded by OSF. The United States government has helped, providing grants and funding to many. Quite a few employees of the organization and its’ offshoots include former U.S. government employees, including people employed or appointed by President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The infamous October 2018 Honduran immigrant caravan, supposedly composed primarily of women and children desperately seeking safety, largely consisted of young men, including a number from outside South America, looking for jobs and money in the United States, rather than escape from danger at home. The caravan was clearly not spontaneous, with organizers determining who spoke to the press, and with other paid support of the participants along the way.
Leftist organizations associated with the caravan that have received funds from OSF are: The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, The American Constitution Society, Center for Legal Action in Human Rights, and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.
Amnesty International, a long-time recipient of OSF grants, created a fundraising campaign to help the caravan. The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, another OSF beneficiary, provided legal assistance to the migrants, along with other services.
Outside of the caravan, Soros-funded groups are working around the world, sometimes to de-stabilize conservative governments, sometimes to promote radical immigration in Europe, and, list to follow, keeping busy in the U.S.
Here, OSF is promoting an open border with Mexico, fighting immigration enforcement, fomenting racial disharmony by funding anti-capitalist racialist organizations, financing Black Lives Matter, weakening the integrity of our election systems, promoting taxpayer funded abortion-on-demand, advocating a government-run health care system, opposing U.S. counterterrorism efforts, promoting dubious transnational climate change agreements, and working to erode Second Amendment protections.
Here’s the most interesting part: The U.S. government is giving large amounts of money in the form of both contracts and grants to Soros-led organizations. OSF alone operating with a $1,000,000 annual budget.
The largest recipient is an organization called East-West Management Institute. EWMI has received $72.5 million in contracts, managing USAID projects around the world.
In 2014, The Department of State awarded a $24,000 grant to Central European University in Budapest, founded by Soros, and recently under fire from the Hungarian government for not meeting their country’s higher education standards.
The National Fair Housing Alliance has received nearly $16 million from HUD. This organization recently sued USAID for wanting a policy opposing prostitution attached to anti-AIDS funding. The alliance won their case in the Supreme Court.
One must give George Soros great credit for both his financial success and for wheedling his way into our own government’s purse. *
Still, I must ask, “Why is our government funding George Soros?”
*A number of details in this column are taken from “The Financial and Staffing Nexus Between the Open Society Foundations and the United States Government,” Judicial Watch.