Paranoid right wing extremists have recently started accusing every progressive and forward thinking group of secretly working for the well known philanthropist, George Soros. While it’s true that Mr Soros donates much of his time and money to progressive causes such as fighting racism and xenophobia, promoting global union and fighting climate change, it’s obviously not true that every group on the left is on his payroll. Furthermore, the right simply assumes that Soros is universally hated, while providing no evidence of wrongdoing. Soros is often painted as an evil capitalist with sinister ulterior motives, but his actions are perfectly consistent with his stated progressive goals.
Many say that in this world, no good deed goes unpunished, and for many prominent liberals that statement seems truer than ever. George Soros is far from the scrooge-like capitalist that many on the right portray him to be. On the contrary, most of his time and money is donated to entirely selfless causes. Some may argue that Soros’ background in the financial industry puts him at odds with most progressives, but the fact is, he has used those profits to achieve unprecedented good in the world, funnelling money out of a corrupt and greedy industry into progressive think tanks, forward thinking presidential candidates, and a myriad of important social causes. This puts him in stark contrast to right wing special interest like the Koch Brothers, who instead spend their time sabotaging progressive causes to protect their own business interests.
In addition to his humanitarian work, George Soros is also instrumental in advising governments on economic, social and foreign policy. Soros has been proactive in warning governments about the dangers of Russian expansionism and the need for immediate action to quell this threat. He has also been advising Europe about how to fight nationalism and the importance of creating a comprehensive plan for housing and integrating Syrian refugees. He has also pushed for police reform in America and funded organizations aligned with Black Lives Matter.
Overall, Soros’ actions speak not of a man with devious plans for world domination, but rather of a man who simply seeks to use his fortune and influence to promote progressive causes and make the world a better place. For all their raving about Soros’ supposed evil plans, right wingers consistently fail to acknowledge the time and money he has spent on charitable causes for no profit at all. It’s sad that those on the right cannot recognize the good that one man does, simply because his ideology is different from theirs. Their closed mindedness and resentment will be their downfall, as philanthropists on the left continue to put their money where their mouth is, and help us make our vision of a free, open and fair society a reality.