George Soros stands tall as a shining beacon in the era of the Trump administration. The ascension of Donald J. Trump to the office of the Presidency in 2016 marks one of the most divisive moments in recent memory for American politics, as well as the rest of the climate of the country. George Soros is a billionaire investor, progressive and philanthropist who has spent his entire career pushing for what he has believed in. Soros is the founder of the Open Society Foundations and his recent work through the charity has made him one of the most giving philanthropists of all time. Recently, Soros hit every major news network in the world when it was revealed that he donated nearly $18 billion of his own money to charity, thus shifting the vast majority of his wealth to philanthropic efforts. What does this mean for the future and how was this received by the world at large?
Well, to fully understand why George Soros has donated the vast majority of wealth to charity, you must first know a little bit about the man himself. George Soros was born in Hungary and he was raised there until he was a teenager. Soros was in his country when the evil Nazi regime made their move and occupied Soros’ home for a full year, killing countless Hungarian-born Jews along the way. Soros and his family were lucky to escape, but before they did the Soros’ family made sure to help many others forge documents in order to flee the country. Soros and his family would emigrate to London but they would never forget where they came from. Soros had gotten an up-close look at madness and he knew deeply that it would inform the rest of his life’s decision making.
Soros would go to school in London and he would work two jobs in order to make it happen. Soros would become familiar with the works of Karl Popper and he would become a believer in the concept of an Open Society — the inspiration for the foundation he would start in the ’70s. Soros saw the madness that Hitler’s populist and nationalist regime brought on and he wanted to go as far into the opposite direction as possible.
When Donald Trump was first nominated by the GOP to become President of the United States, the world laughed — but Soros never cracked a smile. Having spent his entire life fighting for progressive values, Soros saw what having an immature populist with no political background could do to the country. He immediately began working to put together the Open Society Foundation in order to make it as effective as possible. Soros signed a $10 million donation to his foundation after Trump was elected and has since followed up by shifting almost all of his fortune to the company.
The Open Society Foundation has been in operation since the ’70s and since then it has been one of the busiest and most effective foundations in the world. With this new donation, George Soros has established the OSF as a force for progressive positivism for the foreseeable future.
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