George Soros is a very busy man, especially if you ask most conspiracy theorist with ring-wing political philosophies. Over the last year, Soros has been the significant financial backing behind the Antifa and Black Lives Matter movements, and is known for bankrolling the Charlottesville rally organized by white nationalists –an event that both of the former groups protested against. It has also been said that Soros is the mastermind behind the Women’s March and Colin Kaepernick’s protest against the NFL. Some are also saying that Soros worked with H.R. McMaster to fire right wing staffers from Donald Trump’s administration. Supporters for Roy Moore, Alabama State Senate candidate, also claim that George Soros paid women to accuse Moore of sexual harassment and assault.
Despite these accusations, Soros remains pretty unfazed. He has been scrutinized in this fashion for many years, ever since he shorted the British pound in 1992 and made $1 billion. Around a decade later, Soros became one of the main individuals to fund the Democratic party. This can after he shares that he’d be willing to trade who fortune to keep President George W. Bush from being reelected.
Even still, George Soros’ philanthropy has been the main reason for the scrutiny he has received. He’s been giving to many progressive initiatives in the U.S. for quite sometime, and generously supports organizations that promote democracy. And he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. A few months ago, Soros shared that in the past few years, he has given nearly $18 billion to the organizations where he has channeled his philanthropic efforts, also known as the Open Society Foundations (OSF). His extremely generous gift served as a way to confirm that fears that his “enemies” have long embraced. The donations mean that Soros’ foundation is the second largest next to the Gates Foundation. The OSF has even been referred to as the Death Star.
It’s also interesting to note that philanthropists have endured heavy criticism for hundreds of years. However, the U.S. economy has long been very welcoming to those who want to donate their money to a worthy cause. This same generous has also caused some people to be skeptical, especially when it comes to giving to political organizations or candidates. Both right and left wing members have formed their own philosophies about a philanthropist’s reasons for given, and these mindsets are based on the connection that money has to power and influence. Soros, however, has never been one run from controversy. The power and attention that is now coming his way has both a national and international effect, but that likely won’t stop Soros from giving to causes that he feels passionately about.
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