George Soros, according to “Business Insider”, is a man that many on the political right have targeted as a wielder of massive financial and political influence in America and throughout the world. The problem with this influence, according to those who would bring Mr. Soros down, is that his beliefs do not align with theirs. The “myth” of George Soros began when he became a wealthy hedge fund manager in the 1990s, but it was not until President Bush’s reelection bid in 2004 that Soros really began to obtain the ire of the political right elite. The truth is that Soros is one of the few billionaires in America who do not align with conservative ideals and beliefs and he uses his wealth to try and push an agenda in which he believes.
George Soros is not targeted by the political right solely because of his beliefs, he is targeted because he fights for those beliefs and has the clout and financial capability to be successful. The wealthy class of billionaires and above have so long been run by conservative proponents that Soros almost has to ruffle feathers with his beliefs and his giving toward those beliefs. He is no different than billionaire conservative political players in any way except for his liberal beliefs. The political right will continue to demonize him and try to nullify his political power but only because they cannot stand a “fair” fight.
George Soros, aside from being a supporter of the political left, is also an extremely generous man. His website, opensocietyfoundations.org, states that he has given away over $12 billion to date and that number will continue to rise. His giving has been specific to the causes he believes in and the beliefs that he holds, and that is what has made him both a hero and a villain. He has become a hero to those who have been discriminated against, the poor, and those who need a champion to fight against oppression and other evils. He has become a villain to those who believe in conservative ideals and do not want to see the liberal agenda succeed. While Soros has played a big role in the liberal political machine, his philanthropy outshines his political clout. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.
Over the years, George Soros has provided legal assistance, financial help, and education to people throughout the world who otherwise would not have had it. In his later life, he did enter the political arena, but more as a way to see his philanthropy succeed. Throughout his life, one thing has remained constant: “a commitment to fighting the world’s most intractable problems.” (opensocietyfoundation.org) Soros’ success in the financial realm has given him the ability to fight for those who need it and he will continue to do so. Know more on investopedia.com about George Soros.