The Legacy of George Soros, Part 1



There have been many who have impacted United States politics, but perhaps none more than George Soros. A man who in his book, “The Alchemy of Finance”, admitted to an exaggerated view of his place in the world. “I have always thought of myself as some kind of God or economic reformer,” he wrote.

He told biographer Michael Kaufman that it was his goal to “become the conscience of the world”.

Born in Budapest in 1930 to Tividar and Erzebat Schwartz, he changed his name to Soros in 1936. When the Nazis occupied Budapest in 1944, his father split the family into groups, buying forged papers to identify them as Christians, and bribed German families to take them in. George, an atheist was placed with a German Hungarian official named Baumbach.

Soros sometimes accompanied Baumbach on his job, which was to deport Hungarian Jews and turn their property over to the Germans. Soros felt no guilt over this, as he told CBS news in December 1998, because he took no active part.

In 1947, the family went to England and George attended the London School of Economics. The Viennese born Karl Popper taught at the school and was a mentor to Soros. It was Popper’s book, “The Open Society and its Enemies”, that first brought the concept of “Open Society” to the attention of George Soros.

“Open Society” was first used as a phrase in 1932 by Henri Louis Bergson to describe a society of moral codes founded upon principles that would enhance the welfare of all mankind.

An open society, further expounded upon by Popper, was one in which society could change the institutions as they saw fit, one where criticism and change to societal norms were expected and encouraged usually by violent means, and according to Marxist doctrine. Popper determined that any society that considered itself superior in any way to any other society was “closed”, a concept held within the U.S. administration today.

This lead to the Soros of today, the man who rejects the tenets of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and the concept of inalienable rights given by God. Soros, an atheist, rejected the premise of the founder’s doctrine.

Soros graduated from the London School of Economics, worked a short time for the brokerage firm Singer and Friedlander in international arbitrage, a process of buying securities in one country and selling them elsewhere.

In 1956, he relocated to New York to work the stock market. He then went to work at the investment bank Arnhold and S. Bleichroder where his career finally took off. His plan to leave New York in five years and return to Europe was abandoned, possibly because he knew the money to be made in the United States would eclipse anything to be made in Europe.

After a 1960 marriage to Annaliese Witschak, he moved to Greenwich Village and met the prominent socialist Michael Harrington. In 1962, in a book entitled “The Other America”, Harrington spoke of a permanent underclass , and that it required a “war on Poverty” to correct.

The book was read and commented upon by Lyndon Johnson and it marked the beginning of the “War on Poverty” that continues to this day in the progressive mindset even though it’s a failure by all measurable statistics.

Soros met the radical poet Allen Ginsburg in 1980. Ginsburg’s ideas on drugs, including the legalization of all drugs,has been a basis for the Soros policy of drug legalization, a project Soros has worked on for years.

In 1969, Soros set up “the Double Eagle Fund” with a partner Jim Rogers for Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder. Four years later, he set up the “Soros Fund Management” in a private partnership with Rogers. “The Double Eagle fund “ was renamed “The Soros Fund” and in 1979 it became “The Quantum Fund”. By 1980 the “Quantum Fund had assets of $380 million and more than $1 billion by 1985.

In 1979, Soros opened the first of his “Open Society Foundations” in Hungary. The objective was “to help build a vibrant and tolerant democracy whose government was accountable to the citizens”.

In 1987, the “Open Society Foundation” opened in Moscow, with large sums given to various left-wing groups and causes. Later Open Society Foundations would be opened in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

In 1993, the biggest project of all, the Open Society Institute in New York, was opened. In the book “Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism”, Soros announced the formation of an open society through the monies he would inject into the society for the cause of “freedom, rule of law, human rights, social justice and social responsibility”, words with vastly different meaning to different people.

Placed in charge of the entire Soros Foundation Network and the Open Society Network was Aryeh Neier. Neier was one of the creators of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a large radical socialist group, active in the 1960s and 1970s.

The main goal of the SDS was the overthrow of America, its democratic institutions, and the decimation of the culture. After leaving the SDS, Neier worked with the American Civil Liberties Union serving some time as the national executive director.

After his stint at the ACLU, Neier founded Human Rights Watch (HRW) in 1978. He spent a great deal of time at both the ACLU and the HRW promoting the idea that the United States is an oppressive nation and one of the worst violators of human rights in the world. The Open Society Institute has given over $100 million to HRW alone, and over $8 million to the ACLU.

The Open Society Institute has given large sums to others who adhere to the Soros “open society”, including The American Prospect, Media Matters, Columbia School of Journalism, National Public Radio, Pacifica Foundation, Pro Publica. and the Washington Post. In all, Soros has spent more than $48 million funding journalism schools, media outlets, and industry organizations including unions.

The only requirement to receive the largesse of the Open Society Foundation is the agreement to work towards an open society worldwide, a society that tramples on individual rights and the right of the countries to the sovereignty they deserve.

Next: The Organizations And What They Stand For


by John Velisek USN (Ret.)