Even before the fall of the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall, George Soros had dedicated his life to championing for democratic and open society. Through various charities he founded in several countries including China, Hungary, Poland, South Africa and Czechoslovakia, Mr. Soros gallantly challenged the ideology that totalitarian ideologies such as Communism had a control of the ultimate truth. His primary charitable organization, Open Society Foundation he founded in 1979, was dedicated to challenging the false central Communistic dogma that had pervaded various territories during the 20th century. In countries such as Hungary, the several networks of organizations affiliated to Open Society Foundation played a critical role in pushing back against Communism while overseeing the flourishing of open society ideologies.
Ideally, it was expected that universal open society ideology would thrive with the collapse of Communism. However, a new pushback against open society ideology especially in former Soviet Union territories soon emerged led by Western democracies. The incessant push for laissez-faire capitalism marked by intense individualism and promotion of self-interest has increasingly threatened the open society ideology especially in the modern era. The push for excessive individualism is therefore the new threat to such a society. This is because it endangers the values and institutions that are the founding pillars of an open society. Laissez-faire capitalism is founded on the concept of perfect knowledge that helps in creating equilibrium in demand and supply and fair allocation of resources. George Soros holds that the system demonizes government regulations, which allow for wealth redistribution. He holds that a truly open society must accept the fallibility of humans and thus embraces continuous improvements.
Philanthropic Endeavors and Political Activism
George Soros has dedicated millions of dollars to finance several philanthropic, social and political causes and ideologies he believes in. in a bid to spur donations from like-minded wealthy individuals, he donated $500 million as investment fund to help in starting up businesses to support immigrants. The businesses will also help the immigrants’ host communities. The immigrants and their hosts also stand to benefit from job creation. Through Open Society Foundations, George Soros has supported various causes including paying for school fees for several decades. He was involved in the airlifting of black South Africans to various countries through his scholarship program.
George Soros is also actively involved in political activism especially in the United States where he has supported various causes including the Ferguson protests against killing of unarmed civilians by policemen. For several years, he has led a silent revolution within the country’s justice system by donating millions of dollars to finance the campaigns of various pro-reform candidates vying for positions within the judicial system. He has also financed various causes aimed at promoting the participation of minorities in the country’s political discourse. This includes voter mobilization and registration initiatives and financially supporting the campaigns of minority candidates.
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