There have been few times in American history that the political world has been as divided as it is today. The 2016 Presidential Election and the corresponding rise of the violently-dumb rhetoric of Donald Trump have given fuel to a darker side of the nation that many had thought to be gone forever. With all of that being said, and there is much more to say, there are still some positives that are worth paying attention to. Perhaps the greatest silver lining from our divided nation has been the increased activity of George Soros, a progressive billionaire, and philanthropist who has made it his mission to stand in the way of Trump’s darkness. Soros made the news yet again, this time due to financial disclosure reports that revealed how Soros donated an incredible $18 billion to his charity, the Open Society Foundations.
The Open Society Foundations was established by George Soros in the ’70s as a lifelong goal of creating a foundation that could help to serve the world in ways that mattered. The OSF, as it is sometimes shortened as, was created in order to spread progressive ideals, social justice, freedom from oppressive government and more. Simply put, the Open Society Foundation had the goal of becoming a world-changing philanthropic outreach and that is exactly what they’ve become. Even before Soros’ incredible donation, the OSF had already put more than $19 billion into grassroots foundations all around the world. From supporting oppressed Africans during Apartheid to helping the Roma people from persecution throughout Europe, the OSF has been there. The OSF even scrambled a team of aid workers during the Ebola crisis in order to help save lives when the world was seemingly in chaos.
When George Soros donated his $18 billion, thus shifting the vast majority of his wealth into philanthropic efforts, he became something of a target. Conservative media has long considered George Soros to be the ultimate enemy. Whenever something, anything, goes wrong George Soros is to be blamed. When the #BlackLivesMatter movement gained traction, conservative media giants alleged that it was solely due to Soros involvement. When prominent Republicans fall into sexual misconduct scandals, Soros is once again blamed as some sort of mastermind and puppeteer. The reason that Soros has drawn such ire, and the same reason his philanthropic efforts have been demonized, is simple: Soros is willing to fight back, dollar-for-dollar, in support of progressive causes.
Right-wing media giants are used to having all of the money in the world on their side of the argument, thanks in large part to the work of the Koch Brothers. However, Soros is not a man to be cowed by spending money and he has made that ultimately clear with his massive donation to the Open Society Foundations. This massive donation follows a smaller donation that Soros had made after the 2016 Elections came to a conclusion. When Trump was announced as the winner of the election, though there is controversy among the results, Soros immediately cut a check for $10 million as a symbolic gesture. If $10 million is symbolic, we can only imagine how to describe $18 billion.
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