George Soros Donates Many Billions To Achieve Open Societies
After George Soros established his Open Society Foundation and began to use it to work for political change in many countries, including the United States, he began running into opposition. Paying for black South African students to attend college wasn’t too controversial, and soon the white government of South Africa repealed apartheid and Nelson Mandela was elected president. And only the communist governments of the Soviet Bloc objected to him funding the dissident groups that eventually overthrew those very same governments.
But when groups he backed became politically active in other countries, they created controversy. According to the New York Times, Soros has donated $18 billion to the Open Society Foundation. That’s the largest donation by someone to a charity. It makes the Open Society Foundation second in size only to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The OSF is active in 120 countries, promoting its vision of democracy, justice and human rights. Some of those ideals are not popular in some of those countries. And some people define those concepts in different ways than Soros and the OSF does.
In the United States, some of the positions of the OSF on certain controversial issues have caused various conservatives to identify Soros as a liberal using his wealth and connections to influence the country. According to an article in Inside Philanthropy, the OSF has more influence on the world than the Ford Foundation. It maintains many small local offices, including many across Africa.
Soros also gets targeted in Europe, especially for his work on behalf of Syrian refugees. He strongly believes European countries should accept and integrate them. But that’s not the only issue. When people in Romania protested against government corruption, a TV station claimed Soros paid the protestors, even the dogs. It shows how Soros makes a good scapegoat for governments to blame.
According to Foreign Policy, Hungary’s current government brands Soros a traitor for his advocacy of open borders to let in Syrian refugees. After the downfall of communism, Soros set up institutions in Central and Eastern Europe to help guide their transition from communism to democratic open societies. He sent many people from Romania to other countries on grants so they could learn about liberal ideas they had never been exposed to before.
According to Foreign Policy, Hungary’s current government brands Soros a traitor for his advocacy of open borders to let in Syrian refugees. After the downfall of communism, Soros set up institutions in Central and Eastern Europe to help guide their transition from communism to democratic open societies. That included the Central European University. He sent many people from Romania to other countries on grants so they could learn about liberal ideas they had neer been exposed to before. He funded many nongovernmental organizations that seemed to be making progress in creating the liberal, civic society Soros wanted. He made progress against authoritarian governments. In Georgia, many of his groups supported the Rose Revolution that led to the end of Eduard Shevardnadze, and Soros paid for people to monitor the election.
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