For years there has been a leader in progressive politics just waiting to emerge on the national stage. His name is George Soros. Soros is a Hungarian born investor who lives in New York and has been one of the loudest voices in progressive politics since the election of Donald Trump to the White House. George Soros is well known for a variety of different reasons including his philanthropic endeavors through the Open Society Foundations. The Open Society Foundations was founded over 30 years ago and it is the philanthropic arm of Soros’ life’s work. In fact, the main reason Soros’ is in the headlines in recent weeks is due in large part to his massive donations to the charity and his efforts to make a difference on a global scale through the foundation.
George Soros is a man who has lived more in one life than five men will live combined. He was born and raised in Hungary and he lived there until the Nazi occupation began in earnest. During the 1944 Nazi occupation, George Soros would see just how damaging branded, incensed, and violent nationalism could become. More than 500,000 Hungarian born Jews were killed during this occupation and Soros’ and his family saw many of their own friends and families killed. We say this in order to lay a foundation for why George Soros believes the things he believes. Soros and his family would emigrate to London and there Soros would attend to his studies, learning about Karl Popper and the Open Society.
Since the Open Society Foundations was founded, the charitable foundation has given away billions of dollars to fight back against oppressive governments, to fight for social change, and to help in the wake of crisis and natural disasters. Soros and the OSF were active during the 2014 ebola outbreak, they were active in fighting on behalf of African’s beholden to Apartheid-era policies, and they have been particularly active in the United States of America fighting for marriage equality. Now, George Soros is in the headlines after it was revealed during financial disclosures that he had donated an incredible $18 BILLION to the Open Society Foundation charity fund. Soros didn’t give all of that money at once and instead, he has been slowly feeding it to his fund over the past couple of years.
An inciting factor in Soros jump to massive donations now sits in the White House and his name is Donald Trump.The decision to give such massive donations to the Open Society Foundation started in November of 2016. In the wake of Trump’s election to the White House, Soros knew he had to be a leader. Soros said, “We must do something to push back against what’s happening here.” Soros was, of course, speaking to the rise of violent hate-crimes that began sweeping the nation during the rise of Donald Trump. Soros wanted his donations to the OSF to be a table-setter for real change within the nation and he wanted to be one of the leaders along the path.