Old Canards New Target
The attacks against George Soros aren’t anything new, but they are certainly changing people who aren’t familiar with them into bigots. The Right has long held that Soros is some sort of Machiavellian genius using his abilities to manipulate nations and control the world. Obviously, it is clear how they are able to take common attacks against wealthy Jewish financial experts and use them to inspire hate, but the truth simply doesn’t lend itself to this. Read more on NYTimes.com
It Doesn’t Make Any Sense
The biggest problem with the ideas that are spewed by the likes of Glenn Beck and others is that George Soros simply can’t be a communist. He has used too much of his wealth to help promote the free market and he clearly believes that we have a strong interest in doing everything we can to help the developing world to transition into free market economics and his work at the Open Society Foundation is centered around doing just that. Outside of his work in promoting the free market he has used his talents to spread democracy as well. This just doesn’t mesh with these canards.
The Real George Soros
George Soros is one of the world’s most successful hedge fund managers. He has managed to build a fortune worth billions of dollars and he has done it through consistently smart investments around the world. Thanks to his efforts it isn’t hard to see how someone who was born into relative poverty is able to escape it, but this isn’t all that he has shown. he has also shown that one can acquire wealth without finding ways to stop others from also achieving whatever wants and desires they have.
Read more: http://www.forbes.com/profile/george-soros/
What He Will Do
George Soros wants to continue to do just about everything he can in order to make sure that progressive politics continue to thrive. His Open Society Foundation has led much of this effort, but he wants to take it into overdrive and find ways to strengthen globalization. Many of the people being fooled by these smears are middle class westerners who see globalization as the cause of much of their suffering. If George Soros can convince that they can in fact benefit from globalization things may very well change after all.
Shame on the Right
There is absolutely nothing to be proud of on the Right regarding these absurd claims about George Soros. On one hand it is clear that they are trying to exploit the emotions of those who have been adversely affected. On the other hand, it’s absolutely impossible to know anything about George Soros and continue to believe these lies. Read more at Politico about George Soros.