George Soros is a billionaire that has given over $12 billion of his own dollars away to fund a variety of individuals, movements and organizations all over the world. The groups or individuals he is funding are in the midst of a fight for transparency, freedom of expression, justice and equality. He is a one percenter that is fighting against discrimination of people being themselves. There is an opportunity for our society and our world to become a better place for those of us being singled out or segregated, such as sex workers, LGBTI people, drug users or those suffering from racial segregation.
Soros has personal experience with segregation; during Nazi occupation over 500,000 Hungarian Jews were executed. He could easily have been killed as well, since he was born in 1930 and the executions happened during 1944 and 1945. They managed to fight back by helping people out of the country, as well as themselves. Soros eventually left Budapest and moved to London where he would receive his degree at the London School of Economics. In 1956 he moved abroad to the US, where he obtains the majority of his fortune.
He used his affluence to establish the Open Society Foundations. It’s a system of partners, projects and foundations in over 100 countries. The work produced by the Open Society Foundations is a positive reflection of Soros’ reasoning of Karl Popper, whom he come upon at the London School of Economics. Popper debates in the book titled Open Society and Its Enemies, that there isn’t an ideology that can be the ultimate adjudicator of truth. He states that societies can only prosper when there is freedom of expression, personal dignity, and democratic governance. This belief is the gist of everything the Open Society Foundations and George Soros stand for. Read more about George at The New York Times.
Soros philanthropy began in 1979 where he provided school funding and grants to black South Africans ruled by apartheid. George Soros helped encourage the open exchange of views within the Communist Eastern Bloc. In the 1980s he gifted photocopies to reproduce prohibited literature. After the Berlin Wall fell it was an odd concept at most of their educational institutions to cultivate critical thinking skills. He resolved this issue by creating the Central European University.
Over the years he has successfully funded a large range of organizations, ideas, lawyers for court proceedings, and foundations fighting for his same ideology. He is sincerely grateful for the successes he has experienced in the financial markets and with that gratitude he is able to forge a path towards a more open and just world. Soros is setting an example for one presenters everywhere; its within their hands all the people of the world can thrive and be successful, leading to a more equality minded planet. Read this story at Politico.com about George Soros.