When you see George Soros make the headlines it is typically because he did something big for progressives and conservatives are upset about it. George Soros is a billionaire progressive known for his philanthropic tilt and his commitment to combatting the destructive regimes of people like Donald Trump. In fact, the rise of Donald Trump directly fueled Soros’ most recent return to the headlines as Soros felt compelled to donate the vast majority of his wealth to his charity, the Open Society Foundations.
The Open Society Foundations first opened its doors in 1979 as a dream of George Soros’. Soros wanted to craft a charity that worked to help fulfill progressive causes around the world. The Open Society Foundations, based on the works of Karl Popper, has fought around the world to bring social justice, freedom of expression and a transparent government to the places that they are needed. Soros and the OSF have been active in Africa during Apartheid, all over Europe in defense of the embattled Roma people and even here at home in America in defense of the march toward marriage equality. To put it simply, the Open Society Foundations has been an avenue of major success for progressive causes while simultaneously creating the perfect boogeyman for conservatives everywhere.
Soros made the decision over the past year to donate over $18 billion directly to the Open Society Foundations in order to create a legacy that he could leave behind. With this money in tow, the Open Society Foundations will be set up and in good shape to make a difference all around the world and not just here at home in the United States. Still, Soros knows that the destructive mindset of Donald Trump and his GOP-controlled government has made this kind of donation not only welcome but necessary. Soros’ donations first started coming through in the wake of Trump’s electoral victory and after a wave of hate crimes filled the nation, largely fueled by Trump’s firebrand and reckless rhetoric.
Despite this prolific donation, things have not been rosy in terms of reception from certain parties in the political landscape. Soros is the most convenient boogeyman for those on the right because he represents something that they cannot argue with: an immensely wealthy person with convictions and ideals that he is willing to fight for. Still, the right has steadfastly worked to dismiss and demonize the philanthropic endeavors of George Soros. Whenever Soros makes any sort of move, especially one that is financially driven, there comes a slew of conspiracy theories falling out of the sky. In fact, Soros is largely blamed for anything bad that happens to prominent conservative figures. It just comes with his territory.
Soros was born in Hungary and raised in a happy home until the age of 13 when the Nazi occupation of Hungary began. Soros saw, up close and personal, that there was real evil in the world that he would have to survive and eventually fight against. This is why Soros has become such a prominent believer in what the Open Society Foundations is striving for.