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George Soros is, perhaps, one of the most iconic philanthropists in the world right now. In the 1970s, George Soros created the Open Society Foundations in order to help expand his global reach in order to fight for the core values that he has always believed in. The Open Society Foundations is a grant-making charity that focuses on putting power back into the hands of grassroots foundations all around the world. The OSF focuses on democratic expression, social justice, freedom of expression, racial equality and other tenets of progressive value. What makes George Soros’ commitment to philanthropy most impressive is that in 2017 he finished moving nearly $18 BILLION of his personal fortune to help fund the charity for the foreseeable future. Despite the immense kindness involved in this charity, it seems that not everyone was happy to hear about it.
If you turned on Fox News or any other conservative media giant you would be immediately bombarded with articles and media content calling Soros a variety of different names, ranging from dastardly to Darth Vader. There has been a renewed effort to demonize philanthropy when it is done by members of the progressive side of political party. The $18 billion that Soros donated to his charity was called by some on the right as an attempt to ‘craft a liberal Death Star’. When people go this crazy to denounce Soros, there is literally nothing he can do to win them over. Still, that doesn’t mean he is going to be cowed and forced to hide away.
George Soros has been a folk hero to the progressive political party for decades. Soros was born and raised in Hungary and he survived the Nazi occupation of home country as a child before emigrating to London. Soros would study at the London School of Economics, working two jobs to pay for his education, before getting introduced to the writings of Karl Popper regarding the Open Society. This work would inform much of what Soros decided to do with the rest of his life, politically and financially. Soros would move to America in order to chase his dream of making it in America and he would be successful as financial investor. Now, Soros is a political icon to members on the left while turning himself into one of the most impressive philanthropists to ever walk the planet earth. It doesn’t look like Soros is slowing down anytime soon.
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