George Soros has been as steadfast of a progressive figure as you are going to find over the better part of the past fifty or so years. Soros was born in Hungary but he moved to New York decades ago in order to pursue the American dream. Soros has become one of the most well-known philanthropists and investors in the world and as a result, he has created quite the reputation for himself. Soros serves as something of a political-spectrum test for American citizens. Those on the left side of politics tend to view Soros as something akin to a folk hero. He came from nothing in order to become one of the wealthiest men on the planet. Those on the right see George Soros as a dynamic and dangerous figure, capable of pulling the strings surrounding every nefarious plot in the world. No matter what you think of George Soros, he’s back in the headlines for doing something incredible — donating nearly $18 billion to the Open Society Foundations.

The Open Society Foundations has become an iconic charitable foundation around the world ever since Soros first opened its’ doors back in the early ’70s. The Open Society Foundations has given nearly $19 billion to worthy causes throughout the world over the past forty or so years and Soros’ recent donation of $18 billion will only serve to help extend and expand their reach. The Open Society Foundations has made an impact on several notable events in recent years including the march for marriage equality around the world, the plight of those that suffered during Apartheid, and even during the Ebola epidemic that hit just a few years ago. While the Open Society Foundations has made great strides around the world as a humanitarian foundation, it is still under fire with criticism from certain members of the right. Why? Well, that is an interesting question.

There has been an increased burden of criticism and demonization aimed and hurtled toward progressive charities. This is largely fueled by right-wing media empires that seem insistent on creating conspiracies out of thin air in order to further some sort of political divide. George Soros has been under fire almost his entire public career and the attacks just keep on coming. Fortunately, George Soros has yet to back down and his recent donation seems to serve only as more emphasis that he does not plan on quitting anytime soon.

George Soros was born and raised in Hungary and he was there, at home, when the Nazi regime began their occupation of the country in earnest. Soros had a front-row seat to the horrors that unconstrained nationalism could bring down upon the world and he used it as fuel to inform his political identity. Soros believes firmly in the works of Karl Popper and the Open Society and that continually informs and guides his work with the Open Society Foundations. With President Trump in the White House, George Soros seems intent on fighting the good fight in order to keep progressive and humane values at the forefront of the conversation.

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