There has been a dramatic shift in the political climate of the United States of America. From 2008 to 2016 there was a certain presence that the United States held on the global stage, of respect and at least accessibility. Since the election of Donald Trump to the White House, the United States has been on a direct downward slide in global standing. Still, despite Trump’s disastrous regime, there have been many people willing to stand up in opposition in order to make their voices heard. George Soros, the billionaire investor, and philanthropist has been one of the most vocal opponents of Donald Trump throughout his political rise and Soros just made another move to try and fight back against the rising tide of darkness in the country. Soros made headlines everywhere when it was revealed that he had donated nearly a full $18 BILLION to charity of his own wealth.
George Soros established the Open Society Foundations way back in 1979 as his way of trying to make the world a better place. The Open Society Foundations was established by Soros in order to put money into the hands of grassroot organizers all around the globe. These funds were dispensed to grassroots organizations that focused on transparent government, freedom of speech, artistic expression and social justice. it was clear early on that Soros believed in the OSF and over the past thirty years the charity has handed out nearly $14 billion. Now, Soros is ensuring that his foundation is in good hands for years to come after donating an additional $18 BILLION to the foundation.
When it was revealed that Soros had donated the vast majority of his wealth to charity, there were those that predictably found a way to use it as an attack on Soros. Members on the right, including the propaganda networks Breitbart and Fox News, instantly attacked Soros under the auspices that he was doing something sneaky and untoward. Unfortunately, there has been an embarrassing shift toward demonizing philanthropists by some vocal members of the right wing of American politics. This demonization is a shame but not unexpected. Over the years, Soros has become the ultimate boogeyman for conservatives who want to criticize the wealthy progressive for anything that they can think of.
The reason that Soros is such a devout philanthropist is likely due in large part to his history. Soros grew up in Hungary but was forced to flee his home when the Nazis marched into the country and began their occupation. Soros saw, up-close-and-personal, the dangers that fiery rhetoric and hate-filled nationalism can bring to the common people. Soros and his family would emigrate to London and it was there that Soros began to study Karl Popper’s Open Society. Soros found that the idea of an inclusive, open world was the only way to fight back against the dangers of unchecked capitalism and nationalistic pride. That, of course, put Soros right in the crosshairs of conservative media giants all over the world — which is a shame.