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George Soros

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George Soros, AKA: The Man Who Broke the Bank of England, was born August 12, 1930, in Budapest, Hungary. Son of Teodoro Schwartz, a Hungarian Jew, Soros survived the Nazi occupation of his country, the subsequent Battle of Budapest, and fled Soviet Communism by emigration to London in 1947. There, attending The London School of Economics, Soros became a student of the philosopher Karl Popper, and would later develop his philosophy of economic “reflexivity” based on the ideas he picked up from Popper.

(From Wikipedia: “Popper is perhaps best known for…advancing empirical falsifiability as the criterion for distinguishing scientific theory from non-science…and for his vigorous defense of liberal democracy and the principles of social criticism which he took to make the flourishing of the “open society” possible.”)

After graduating from The London School of Economics in 1952, Soros worked a series of odd jobs until he finally secured an entry-level position with an investment bank in London, but moved to the US in 1956. From 1956 until 1973, he worked at several different financial institutions while he furthered his intellectual understanding of economics. During the 1950s, he developed the aformentioned concept of reflexivity. However, he concluded that he would see not a single gain from his conceptual developments until he began investing on his own. This led him to quit his position as vice president at Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder and endeavor to create his own investment company, which became immensely successful, and allowed him to promote his philanthropic enterprises.

Using the influence of his capital, he has directed his funds towards peacefully promoting democracy worldwide. Such pivotal contributions include aiding black students to attend the University of Capetown in apartheid South Africa, importing photocopy machines to Hungary, whereby citizens and activists were given the means to spread influence and publish censored materials, support for anti-communist organizations such as Charter 77 (Czechoslovakia), the Solidarity Movement (Poland), and much more. The most notable aspect of his philanthropy is that it is in line with promoting open, objective societies in which the people have access to information and can thereby gaurd themselves from the blunt instruments of state power. According to TIME Magazine, he has donated 6 billion dollars to various philanthropic projects over the years (read more about his philanthropy here).

Although Soros has not been very vocal about his atheism, it fits his modus operandi of combating autocratic politics. Also, his nontheism makes perfect sense, given that he experienced first-hand the two most irrational, dogmatic, and murderous philosophies of the twentieth century, Nazism and Soviet Communism. Predictably enough, his efforts to promote objectivity, coupled with his nontheism, have set him in the crosshairs of religious morons everywhere. Not that he was shy, being in this position; and I quote:

From soros.org:

In 2003, Soros said that removing President George W. Bush from office was one of his main priorities. During the 2004 campaign, he donated significant funds to various groups dedicated to defeating the president.

From celebatheists.com:

Soros, the multi-billionaire, financier and philanthropist, was profiled on the news magazine 60 Minutes, broadcast December 20, 1998.

Steve Kroft: Are you a religious man?

Soros: No.

Kroft: Do you believe in God?

Soros: No.

But it’s always funny to glance at theistic caricatures of an atheist in the public spotlight:

From rfcnet.org:

The number one chief antagonist of President George W. Bush is an atheist who promotes the legalization of drugs. Who is this man? George Soros. The real hatred of George W. Bush that seeps from the skin of George Soros is caused by his hatred of God. George W. Bush is a man of faith, a man who puts God before everything else, and a man who prays on his knees for God’s wisdom each day. George Soros, on the other hand, worships the logic of man, principally his own logic, and turns to the legalization of drugs for salvation rather than to Jesus Christ.

Hahahaha.

Now if only he had been successful in preventing King Dubya II from taking office in 2004!

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Comments (6 comments)

John B. / August 17th, 2007, 9:50 pm / #1

Thanks Sean. I hadn’t known a lot about Soros (except that his name keeps coming up on right wing hit lists - which, taken alone, makes him admirable).

I hope he will be actively involved in the next election. I know it won’t be about W anymore (at least I hope not - little hairs of paranoia keep prickling the back of my neck) but it’s still going to be a critical election for reclaiming the Constitution and America.

BlackSun / August 17th, 2007, 9:59 pm / #2

John B.

I know what you mean. I don’t know how seriously to take the threat of Romney et al for 2008.

BTW, this post was by shady character, a new author for the journal who’s been helping out with the AOTW stories, and hopefully other things as time progresses. I think he’s doing a great job so far. :-)

John B. / August 18th, 2007, 9:52 am / #3

DOH!!

OK, I will start paying attention to who posted.

Gary H Johnson Jr / August 29th, 2007, 3:13 am / #4

Have you read the book “Shadow Party” by Horowitz yet? If you haven’t you should…then you will know what kind of man Soros is. I hate to say it guys, but this man is the chief proponent of open borders. He spends billions to make sure that the world goes to a one world government. This is the aim of his charity. The NGO world…oh God, what a place it is…the new Mecca for con artists and pull peddlers. NGOs are the new pressure groups, the think tank hatchers, they buy and sell influence with data and skew…they are the source of the modern ACLU and other pressure groups. Soros spends his time molding, developing, and shaping the reality of the world to guarantee his investments. By his own admission, sometimes he acts as pro-communist, and at others pro-capitalist…he is the patron saint of the modern illegal immigrant to the US and anarchists…Progress America is his Hillary Clinton model…key in on the name Halperin…put Halperin and Soros together on Google and see what you find.

BlackSun / August 29th, 2007, 7:31 am / #5

Gary,

Haven’t read Shadow Party. I do know that I’m more concerned about the form of government than whether its divided into separate nations or covers the whole world. If the entire world were a liberal secular free-market with a single currency, what would be the problem? It would seem to provide the potential to eliminate a lot of conflict.

Also, what do you find wrong with the ACLU? They nearly always come down against the theocrats and for greater individual freedom.

Soros has vigorously opposed the ‘drug war’ as well as Bush’s faith-based initiatives.

I see nothing wrong with immigration, as the immigrants are simply trying to sell their labor where they can get the most money for it. Libertarians should not oppose this. Many immigrants work harder for the American dream than we do. Illegal immigrants do in fact pay some taxes, because the money that is paid to them is under the table and therefore not deductible to their employers who therefore had to pay income taxes on it.

Anarchy may be an extreme position, but often times less government is a good thing.

I’m not saying Soros is pure as the driven snow. But I think even if he does use his influence to aid policies which support his investments, he’s not doing anything other billionaires wouldn’t do. Money buys influence and always will.

M. G. Morrison / April 22nd, 2009, 4:56 am / #6

All of you are really sick people! !! I hope none of my wonderful family ever interacts with any of you decayed thinking toxic human species! The good people will always prevail in life and, none of the above, are in any type of normal functioning healthy lifestyle category! All of you, George Soros and his croonies are sickening poor excuses for mankind! I am glad he is old and elderly and at the end (hopefully, soon) of his decayed, mentally deficient brain functions. I know where he'll be going……… he will rot for eternity with evil just as he deserves!!

God Bless America Always!! God Bless the United States!!! God Bless the sweet children of this country and the future generations of sweet children, that will grow into decent men and will drive all of you back under the rocks where you came from and all belong!! I love my country and people like all of you are intrinsically corrupt and pure evil!!!

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