The Atlantic recently reported that George Soros has been seeing a rise of conspiracy theories and other demonization efforts aimed at him due to the large amount of his own money that he is donating to different charitable organizations. He has been singled out as supposedly being the sole source of funding for Antifa and Black Lives Matter and has also been the scape goat for Colin Kaepernick’s NFL protest. Right wing conspiracy theorists have also accused him of paying women off so they would accuse Roy Moore of sexual harassment and assault. The truth is, Soros is no stranger to these kinds of wild accusations and theories, because he has been dealing with them for years.
The interesting thing about a lot of the latest conspiracy theories and accusations is the fact they they aren’t being aimed at his very open political giving efforts. Instead, right-wing proponents are, interestingly enough, focusing on his charitable giving. Because George Soros happens to support many different causes that people label as “progressive,” many political opponents like to color him as a boogeyman of sorts who secretly works to undermine the order of the world. What’s baffled many is the fact that he is extremely open about his political views and also the charitable work he does. There is no secret about the fact that he openly promotes democracy and progressive ideals.
George Soros has been the perfect target for many of the woes of the political right, and while he is a hero for capitalism and progressive values, it is also the fact that he is Jewish that has come into play. Unfortunately, antisemitism is alive and well in the world, because a lot of the rhetoric being used by the political right is mirroring the same kind of language and words that is used to discredit the Jewish people as a whole. While not many have come straight out and mentioned his Jewish identity as a cause for concern, they have used terms to describe him that other anti-Semites have in the past.
George Soros recently donated $18 billion of his own money to his charity the Open Society Foundations, and a lot of the money has helped people who can’t speak for themselves. He has been inspired to help the downtrodden partially because of his own background as a Jew who grew up in a Nazi-occupied Hungary. His charity, Open Society Foundations, was named after a term that an author used to describe how society should be. Since Mr. Soros grew up in the middle of a very closed society, he never wants the same for anyone else. His passion to help the disadvantaged and those in the minority has been the driving force behind his large donations to their well-being.
With the election of Donald Trump and the rise of other forces, George Soros has increased his giving because he was starting to see a trend of people bashing those who were in the minority. He has committed himself to be the defender of the gay rights movement and many other movements that work for the equal treatment of everyone who lives in the world.
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