We are living in an increasingly divided nation and the election campaign of Donald Trump only further illuminated this fact. In the wake of Trump’s historic, and some would argue catastrophic, election there are a few progressive voices that are rising from the ashes. George Soros is one of the world’s leading philanthropists and progressives. Originally making his wealth as an investor, Soros turned to philanthropy in 1979 when he established the Open Society Foundations (OSF). Through the Open Society Foundations Soros has been able to help people all around the world. Now, in the wake of Trump’s election, Soros is turning full-tilt toward philanthropy by donating almost all of his wealth to the OSF — to the tune of $18 BILLION dollars.
There has been a perceptible push by the right-wing of America’s political arm to disavow the legitimacy of philanthropy. This demonization was made in large part to push aside just how huge Soros’ donation was. Right-wing pundits have gone as far as to say that Soros is building his own metaphorical ‘Death Star’ by funneling all of his wealth into his charity, the Open Society Foundations. The truth is quite different, in reality. Soros has always been a devout philanthropist and he saw just how dangerous Trump was going to be to the people of the world who already faced oppression and need. Soros says of his massive wealth from investing, “This allows me to take a stand on controversial issues: In fact, it obliges me to do so because others cannot.”
George Soros was born and raised in Hungary and he was forced to flee during the dreadful Nazi occupation of 1944. Soros’ early run in with pure evil helped to guide his viewpoint on life: that people must not be oppressed and that those who are able to help, must. Soros would emigrate to London where he would study at the London School of Economics. There he would become familiar with the works of Karl Popper and his thoughts on an Open Society. This would eventually lead Soros to found the Open Society Foundation, a charity committed to bringing aid to the oppressed, the downtrodden, the poor and the needy. The OSF has already made a huge difference all around the world, helping to fight against Apartheid in Africa, helping those afflicted by the 2014 Ebola epidemic, and even fighting for marriage equality here in America.
The rise in George Soros’ philanthropic activity is completely connected to the rise of Donald Trump. Trump’s election campaign consisted of immensely violent and dangerous rhetoric that lined up with a sweeping rise in hate crimes all across the United States. In fact, in the wake of Trump’s election Soros immediately donated $10 million to charity as a symbolic gesture of his readiness to fight back against the destructive Trump regime. This only seems to be the beginning of the Open Society despite being founded in 1979. With at least three years left of Donald Trump in office, Soros certainly has his work cut out for him.
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