George Soros: A Controversial but Influential Figure

// Published April 14, 2016 by User1

George Soros, the founder of Open Society, has remained committed to the idea of keeping society open. He envisions a place where individual rights on are respected, and world governments are held accountable for their actions. He believes that no one holds a monopoly on truth. Open Society has a network with projects, foundations and partners in 100 different countries around the globe.

Helping People Find Their Voice

In 1979, George Soros first began his philanthropic efforts by giving scholarships to black South Africans who were under apartheid. In the 1980s, he helped to attack the foundations of Communism in the Eastern Bloc when he provided people with Xerox machines so that they could copy banned texts and support exchanges with the West. These efforts at bringing about a better society has not always been met with cheer and praise, but no one can doubt Soros’s commitment to supporting the people who do not have a voice to speak for themselves.

Bringing About Transparency and Accountability

One of the biggest problems that you find within the world is how people never want to take responsibility for their actions. George Soros helps to establish an international system that has made accountability and transparency more visible. He underwrote the largest and most focused effort to bring the Roma people, known as gypsies, back into mainstream society of Europe. Soros has helped to pay the tuition fees for thousands of promising young minds and refugees who were stuck in armed conflicts. Anyone from a marginalized group has been supported by George Soros, and this has sometime scared the establishment.

When the natural resource extraction industries on made a practice of giving secret payouts to the local criminal organizations that fueled political unrest and gruesome violence, Soros created a system where people are held accountable for their actions. Some of the organizations that Soros has supported include:

* The International Crisis Group

* European Council on Foreign Relations

* Global Witness

* The Institute for New Economic Thinking

George Soros once wrote that his success in the financial markets have given him a greater degree of freedom than most people, which has allowed for him to take a stand against those who would hurt others without taking responsibility.

The Refugee Crisis of Europe

George Soros has said that the European Union on Forbes needs to accept common responsibility for how they have not had an asylum policy that could have turned the refugee crisis into something more manageable. Instead, each member state has focused on their own needs, and that has often gone against the interests of others. What they need is effective governance that helps the asylum seekers.

Throughout his life, George Soros has given voice to the people who have not had one to speak. He has provided those who were lacking with healthcare, housing and covered their education costs. Soros has been an ardent supporter of democracy. That has made him unpopular with Russia, where many of his books have been banned and even burned.