George Soros is a veteran of battles against authoritarianism and fight for human rights and free society. His struggle began at a young age when as a teenager he had to fight against the Hungarian Nazi regime of the early 40s. He managed to escape to London where he studied before coming to America to make a fortune. In 1984 he set up what is today known as the Open Society Foundation. His first duty was helping his native Hungarians reprint banned publications by supplying copying machines to civil society groups, libraries, and universities. Visit his site to know more at opensocietyfoundations.org.
After the Berlin Wall had fallen, the billionaire joined in helping the Soviet Society transition to democracy and liberal economy. The foundation supported dissidents and local politicians into playing key roles in the events that marked their respective countries’ political history. Some of the events which Soros had a hand in include the overthrow Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia in 2000 and the uprisings in Ukraine against the tyrannical leadership in 2004 and 2013. Some purport that Soros played a role in almost all the revolutions that took part in the world in the past three decades. Now at his eighties, he is back to the political frontline to liberalism in America according to Politico. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.
Admired by the left wing and despised by the right-wing, George Soros stands out as one of the few wealthy liberals in America. He is to left-wing what the Koch brothers are to the right-wing. He has financed the Democratic Party campaigns and other campaigns that defend human rights like Black Lives Matter. In 2015 the Washington times reported that the financial records of the OSF showed that the billionaire had channeled more than $33 million to support Ferguson protests. His funding empowered the people to protest against police brutality and intolerance.
Most of his opponents who see him as a threat because of how he uses his wealth in empowering the weak have continuously maligned him. Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister of Soros’ home country, Hungary, has named him as one of the people working to weaken nations. Conspiracy theorists have also said he is planning to overthrow the world’s economy. Besides, he has been the target of numerous unimaginable anti-Semitic rhetoric and imagery. However, George Soros is not relenting on his fight against all powers that are against human rights and a free society. His foundation has given out more than $12 billion in support of other non-political causes such as sponsoring the studies of students from Apartheid South Africa and other marginalized groups. He has also built schools and financed representation for those who have suffered from the injustices of the legal system. He recently set aside $500 million to address the needs of refugees and immigrants in Hungary.