George Soros is a billionaire philanthropist and investor who made his name with the Soros Hedge Fund back in the day. Now he is mostly well known for his work in politics, pressing for progressive ideals in nations all around the world. Soros had last been a hugely public figure during the 2004 election campaign of Al Gore. Since then Soros has largely been out of the public spotlight. However, the 2016 Presidential Election brought George Soros right back into the mainstream in a big way. Soros’ return to the spotlight was a response to the ascent of Republican President Donald Trump.
George Soros returned to the campaign trail in order to throw his support behind Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton. Soros would end up donating close to $25 million to Clinton and other associated Democrats as the push for 2016’s big election was underway in full swing. Soros was pushed to act by his distaste for how Donald Trump was changing the political landscape. Soros’ own political adviser, one Michael Vachon, said that Soros had been “a consistent donor to Democratic causes, but this year the political stakes are exceptionally high.” While Soros and Clinton were ultimately defeated in the 2016 election it still bodes well for the Democratic Party that Soros has returned. Read more at Politico about George Soros.
If you trace any political ideology you will come to the realization that it can only soar when boosted by grassroots movements. George Soros believes in grassroots political activism that he has made a huge platform out of supporting and funding them. Soros’ Open Society Foundations has been integral in putting money in the right places for activists to make their voices heard during particularly trying times. We only need to look to the past couple of years, including the Ferguson protests, in order to see how Soros’ own reach can impact an event.
The Ferguson protests were ignited when Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, was shot to death by Officer Wilson. The protests sought to shine a spotlight on racial inequality, police brutality, and how the two often meld together in order to create a particularly deadly situation for minority citizens. Soros had donated nearly $33 million to activist groups in the area over that calendar year and that money went straight to turning the protests into a national event. Thanks to these protests we were able to see just how big of a problem police brutality can be. Visit projectsyndicate.com to know more about George.
With all of this being said, it’s hard to forget just where George Soros has come from. As a young boy George Soros grew up in Nazi-occupied Hungary. While there he got to see firsthand just how brutal a regime can be. Since then Soros has spent his life and fortune making sure that can never happen again.