George Soros is many things. He is a billionaire stock and currency trader. He is a philanthropist who spends tens on millions of dollars to fight tyrants and dictators around the globe. And recently, he has become a target of the conservative right.
Fox News, Glenn Beck, and Breitbart have all taken shots at Soros in the last few years. His crime? Supporting Democratic candidates on Forbes and fighting for liberty and freedom for people all over the world.
Soros is portrayed as a shadowy figure in liberal politics by the far right. In reality, he has made no secret that he supports those candidates who share his values and beliefs.
George Soros was born in Hungary in 1930 to Jewish parents. George Soros spent his childhood living in fear of the Nazi regime. His father created fake identities for the entire family and hid their Jewishness from the Nazis.
It is Soros’ very Jewishness that has become at talking point to the far right. They accuse him of being anti-Semitic, which could not be further from the truth. However, this line of attack is, sadly, a hallmark of those on the right.
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Beck and those like him, will twist Soros’ effort to defeat Communism in countries like Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), the Ukraine, and Georgia as sinister attempts to overthrow legitimate governments. For people who claim to love Democracy and hate Communism this seem like a strange line of attack.
That is until they start in with the anti-Semitism. They use the tried and true buzzwords of “international banker”, “globalist”, and “puppet master.” These are all smears used by the far right to take down prominent Jews and breed fear.
It is this kind of fear mongering that diverts attention from the important work that Soros and his Open Society Foundations (OFS) are doing all around the world. George Soros founded OFS in order to build tolerant governments throughout the world and hold those governments accountable to their citizens.
George Soros is working to bring transparency to all governments and to make sure that every citizen has their basic human rights. The far right will continue to demonize Soros (and others like him) but they will not be able to stop the work he and OFS are doing to improve the lives of millions of people around the world.
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