George Soros: Cultivating Liberty
George Soros is the founder and chairman of the Open Society Foundations. He is a keen follower of philosopher Karl Popper’s philosophy of Open Society. He first came across the philosopher’s book, the Open Society, and Its Enemies in his formative years as a student at the London School of Economics. The book explains that humans would live in harmony if they did not impose their views on other people and communities, no matter how defenseless. The Open Society Foundations, through its various correspondence outlets, has tried to explain the Australian philosopher’s arguments. The philanthropic organization has also given plenty of funding to effect its beliefs on the global community. The foundation has branches in over 100 countries and is arguably the biggest proponent of the philosophy because of its strategic philanthropies in emancipating the oppressed. Karl Popper, the initial proponent, comes second due to his academic drive to educate the people during the Second World War.
No single civilization has ever had the ultimate truth in its possession and organization. History describes numerous very powerful regimes and civilizations which came to fall for trying to impose their ways of life on minority groups. Subjugating philosophies like nationalism, totalitarianism, collectivism, fascism, imperialism and romanticism all failed because of the assumption that they were right and others were wrong. George Soros argues that liberalism and enlightenment, which is in line with the Open Society Philosophy, should be cultivated at all means for the benefit of the human race. Through his leadership and direction, initially, and stewardship and patronage, lately, Soros has guided the Open Society Foundations to provide global leadership in the cultivation.
Some of the Successful Emancipation Endeavors of the Open Society Foundations
- It introduced Critical Thinking in Communist Universities, reprinting enlightening but forbidden reading material
- Steering the Black Lives Matter Campaigns and the Ferguson demonstrations from their initial violent nature to an organized national dialogue of police reforms
- Assisting the people of Sarajevo with humanitarian aid throughout the three years they fell under siege
- Partially uplifting the position of civil society in China
- Funding lobby groups that successfully tackle oppressive regimes and corruption
- Preventing the spread of potentially devastating illnesses like resistant strains of TB from Russian prisons
- Funding the education of active and influential activists who worked against the South African Apartheid Regime.
It is obvious why George Soros has a very soft spot for the meek and the oppressed. It is not difficult to explain why the most generous man in history has given out over 12 billion dollars to philanthropic causes. He was born in Hungary when the Nazi Regime had occupied the nation merely to kill Jews. Jewish George and the entire Soros family had to denounce their Jewish heritage in forged identity documents to stay alive. However, over 500,000 Hungarian Jews were not as lucky. Soros alludes to the probability that he will leave his 26 billion dollars’ worth of fortune to the Open Society Foundations which will operate in perpetuity after he is gone.