George Soros’ Journey to an Open Society

George Soros is of Hungarian descent, from the darker Nazi times. In the 1940s, the Nazis went on a rampage, killing over 500,000 Jews in Hungary. At this point, Soros’ parents changed their identity from Schwartz to the now Soros to survive the attack on Jews. Once they had concealed their backgrounds, they helped other Jews escape the Nazis. It’s at this tender age that he learnt that there needs to be someone speaking and fighting for the voiceless and minorities.George Soros is one of the world’s greatest philanthropist, having donated over $12 billion over the years. Usually, he focuses on uplifting those shunned by the world for who they are. He believes that these organisations and individuals should fight for freedom of expression, transparency, justice, and equality. Groups such as LGBTIs, drug users, and sex workers have also been marginalised, and he feels it’s only fair that they are treated fairly.

To support his studies in the London school of economics, George worked two jobs. He had just migrated from Budapest to London and dreamt of success in finance and investments. In 1970, he launched the Soros fund management that set his pace as one of the greatest investors in the USA.In 1979, Soros established the open society foundations, motivated by Karl poppers book, open society, and its enemies. The book argues that the world can flourish when allowed freedom of expression, democracy, and respect for individual rights. With this principle, Soros sets out to change the world. At first, his foundation aided in business development, independence for media, advancing justice, public health, education, etc. His organization helps numerous causes, over 500 pages such as: combating brain drain in Europe, aiding natural disaster regions, and financial assistance for Russian University systems, among many others.

In the fight against apartheid, Soros was on the front line giving scholarships to South African students. This was at the end of the cold war, and he was extending his philanthropy into Africa, Asia, and the United States. In the 80s, eastern communist bloc wanted an open exchange of ideas. But in this era, a very unwelcome move in that period. Solos, however, ensured the provision of photocopiers to have idea exchanged on paper. George Soros(@georgesoros)|Twitter was one of the greatest critics on the war against drugs. It ensured that movements such as the medical marijuana were empowered and policies put in place to defend them.Over time, George Soros causes have evolved. One thing, however, remains same: his commitment to fighting the worlds intractable problems. He empowers people to handle even the most losing causes as he demonstrated over the years. His financial success gave him the independence to forge his path. Goerge Soros thus believes it is his calling to create a way for others in the world until the world can achieve an open society.