What instigates the machine of social change? For the United States and the world abroad, George Soros has been a huge part of that process. George Soros is not only a billionaire investor and philanthropist, but he is a leading voice in the push for democratic ideals, social justice, and true equality around the world. For progressives and liberals George Soros is something of an angel, a part evangelist that can spread the word thanks to his enormous outreach. To conservatives and other hard right wing political parties Soros is something akin to a boogeyman — the worst thing that could happen to their regressive political identity. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.
George Soros has done a great many things around the world via philanthropy through his Open Society Foundations. Whether you look at how he brought education to apartheid era Africa or pushed for democracy in countries of repressive governments, Soros has been there and he has put his name on the line to prove the value of what he believes. Soros doesn’t keep his political machine abroad, either, as he is directly responsible for bringing about social change in the United States as well. We can look to one particular event, the Ferguson Protests, as the perfect embodiment of what Soros believes is true social change.
The Ferguson Protests came about after Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, was shot dead by Officer Darren Wilson. The event served to catalyze activists all over the country, but particularly in Ferguson, MO. These activists wanted to shine a spotlight on the racial injustice and inequality that goes on behind the closed doors of police departments around the world. Michael Brown’s death pulled together countless people to have an honest conversation on the reality of racial identity in policing. Behind these activists we can see that there was funding and that funding came by way of the Open Society Foundations.
In fact, George Soros donated nearly $33 million to grassroots activists in the Ferguson area for the year leading up to and around the Michael Brown shooting. Soros made these donations knowing full well that activists can’t be activists if they have no funding. Kenneth Zimmerman, director at the Open Society Foundations, says: “Our DNA includes a belief that having people participate in government is indispensable to living in a more just, inclusive, democratic society.” So it makes perfect sense that Soros and Zimmerman would want to push toward bringing this sort of social activism to the forefront of the public perception. Read more about George at The New York Times.
Soros isn’t just making a change at the local level; he is also setting his sights on Washington D.C. George Soros returned from a political sabbatical in order to engage during the 2015 presidential election. Soros came out to support Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Clinton received upwards of $7 million indirectly through super PACs from George Soros and that was a huge boost to her campaign. Soros knows that a President Trump can be intensely disruptive to a progressive world and so he is giving his all to slow down the destructive agenda of America’s right wing.