George Soros: The Stateless Statesman

George Soros

Background:
George Soros was born György Schwartz in 1930 Hungary to a non-practicing Jewish family. Soon thereafter, his father changed the family name to Soros to obscure their heritage. When the Nazis arrived in Hungary in 1944 he bribed an official, who had been charged with confiscating property from the Jews, to take George in as his Christian godson. George became his assistant.

Three years later, as the Iron Curtain descended, George left for England where he studied and worked in the financial industry until 1956, when he came to New York to trade in international arbitrage – buying securities in one country and selling them in another.

He was very good at it. He made his first mark on the world in 1992 when he perceived the vulnerability of the British pound, acted on his hunch, and made $1 billion overnight (at the expense of British taxpayers) to become known as “the man who broke the Bank of England.”

Wanted For:
Sometime in the 1970s, by then a multi-millionaire, Soros began to lay plans for making his real mark on the world. “I came to the conclusion that what really mattered to me was the concept of an open society.” Having seen the horrors of a totalitarian state, Soros knew the dangers of political absolutism. “Ideologies like Fascism or Communism give rise to a closed society in which the individual is subjugated to the collective, society is dominated by the state … in such a society, there is no freedom.” He was right about that.

It is therefore utterly astounding that, having recognized and fled that tyranny, Soros would still espouse the very principles on which it was based. “Karl Marx’s proposition, ‘from everybody according to their ability’ and ‘to everybody according to their needs’ was a very attractive idea,” he said in 2009. “But the Communist rulers put their own interests ahead of the interests of the people.” He was correct about that too. Apparently he believes he’ll overcome this basic human tendency and succeed where they failed.

In 1993, Soros, who refers to himself as “a stateless statesman,” founded the Open Society Institute to carry out his admittedly “messianic fantasies” about making “the world a better place.” “My goal is to become the conscience of the world,” he told biographer Michael Kaufman.

Most Recent Offense:
To achieve his Utopian goal, he must dismantle American independence. “The main obstacle to a stable and just world is the United States,” he stated, bluntly identifying the enemy. His weapon of choice is money. In The Shadow Party, authors David Horowitz and Richard Poe compare Soros to Vladimir Lenin, who wages war “through manipulation of economic and political forces at the highest levels.” The December 2010 Whistleblower magazine lists more than one hundred and fifty Soros organizations aimed at influencing public policy and public perception of reality. For example, the Institute for New Economic Thinking funds symposia on the need for central government control of the economy. Soros also funds a web of media organizations, one of which, under the Orwellian name Free Press, urges the founding of a massive government-run media system.

Most troubling: this man who would be the conscience of the world still confesses no problems of conscience over his Nazi collaboration under the guise of a Christian youth. “1944 was the happiest year of my life,” he wrote in 1995. “It was the most exciting adventure that anyone could ask for.”

Soros’s Open Society is an adventure we can do without.

This article first appeared in Salvo 16, Spring 2011.

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3 Comments on “George Soros: The Stateless Statesman

  1. Terrell is trying to discredit George Soros. She gets her “facts” from others who have the same disingenuous agenda – taking events and quotations out of context to make them seem different than reality. Terrell copies the tactics of such discredited “journalists” as Glenn Beck, who admits himself that he is not a journalist but an entertainer. She obviously is a fan of Commieblaster.com whose website banner is: PROGRESSIVES = SOCIALISTS = COMMUNISTS = LEFT-WING RADICALS = ANTI-CAPITALISTS = UNAMERICAN, and whose headline states: GEORGE SOROS IS IMPLEMENTING A “ONE WORLD” SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT.

    Terrell writes: [Soros] made $1 billion overnight (at the expense of British taxpayers)”. She makes it sound like he stole from the British taxpayer! Here are the facts: On 16 September 1992 when the British Conservative (Tory) government was forced to withdraw the pound sterling from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) after they were unable to keep sterling above its agreed lower limit. George Soros, the most high profile of the currency market investors, made over US$1 billion profit by short selling sterling. He risked $10 billion dollars to do it. The trading losses in August and September were estimated at £800m, but the main loss to taxpayers arose because the devaluation could have made them a profit. If the government had maintained $24bn foreign currency reserves and the pound had fallen by the same amount, the UK would have made a £2.4bn profit on sterling’s devaluation.

    Terrell conjures up images of one-world utopia by stating that Soros has “messianic fantasies” about making “the world a better place.” Tikkun Olam (“repair of the world”) is a well-known Jewish idea and goal. Jews believe that tikkun olam (aka social justice) will bring about the coming of the messiah (traditional Judaism) or the messianic age (progressive Judaism). Jews believe that it is humankind’s job to make the world a better place, not that a messiah will do it for humankind.

    Terrell writes: “To achieve his Utopian goal, he [Soros] must dismantle American independence. ‘The main obstacle to a stable and just world is the United States‘ he stated, bluntly identifying the enemy.” This is another example of Glenn Beck quoting something out of context. Soros was referring to the Bush Administration as the obstacle.

    Here are the facts: George Soros really said, “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States. This is a harsh — indeed, for me, painful — thing to say, but unfortunately I am convinced it is true. The United States continues to set the agenda for the world in spite of its loss of influence since 9/11, and the Bush administration is setting the wrong agenda. The Bush agenda is nationalistic: it emphasizes the use of force and ignores global problems whose solution requires international cooperation. The rest of the world dances to the tune the United States is playing, and if that continues too long we are in danger of destroying our civilization. Changing that attitude and policies of the United States remains my top priority.

    “The task has become more complicated since the 2004 elections, and that was the source of my confusion when I sat down to write this book. It is no longer a question of removing President Bush from the White House; a more profound rethinking of America’s role in the world is needed. It is not enough to revert to the policies of the previous administration; America must undergo a change of heart. The process must begin with recognizing the war on terror as a false metaphor. It is now accepted that the invasion of Iraq was a grievous error but the war on terror remains the generally accepted policy.”

    Soros was correct. Our invasion of Iraq was a complete waste of American lives, American stature in the world and American tax-payers’ money. That Bush error combined with tax cuts for the rich caused the massive recession of 2008, from which we only now hopefully recovering. (Although the Tea Party and it’s Republican followers are doing everything they can to prevent President Obama from completing the recovery of the US economy.)

    Terrell continues to use Glenn Becks discredited attempt to label Soros as “anti-capitalist and pro-Marxist”. She repeats a Glenn Beck’s “quote” of Soros out of context: “Karl Marx’s proposition, ‘from everybody according to their ability’ and ‘to everybody according to their needs’ was a very attractive idea,” he said in 2009. “But the Communist rulers put their own interests ahead of the interests of the people.”

    This has nothing to do with “anti-capitalist” and “pro-Marxist” tactics” Soros supposedly uses; Soros is giving an example of what he calls “the agency problem,” in which “Agents are supposed to represent the interests of their principals, but in fact, they tend to put their own interests ahead of the interests of those whom they are supposed to represent.” From Soros’ 2009 speech: Once I became aware of the agency problem, I discovered it everywhere. Communism failed because of the agency problem. Karl Marx’s proposition — from everybody according to their ability and to everybody according to their needs — was a very attractive idea, but the communist rulers put their own interests ahead of the interests of the people. The agency problem is also the bane of representative democracy: the elected representatives use their powers for their own interests to the detriment of the common interest.” Even Terrell would have to agree with Soros that too often our elected representatives look out for their own interests (a truth made worse by lobbying, whether that be by corporations or unions).

    Terrell attacks Soros and the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) one of the many non-profits funded by Soros, by stating the INET funded a symposium on the need for central government control of the economy – code works for anti-capitalism and pro-Marxism. In reality, the symposium brought differing viewpoints together to discuss how much central government control of the economy is best.

    Soros has made clear that he advocates for minimal government intervention in markets. “I want to make myself quite clear: I condemn market fundamentalism [undue extension of market values to other spheres of social life, notably politics] as a false and dangerous doctrine but I am in favor of keeping government intervention and regulations to a minimum for other better reasons.”

    Finally, Terrell joins Beck and Dennis Prager in calling the 14 year-old George Soros a Nazi collaborator “under the guise of a Christian youth.” Beck, Prager and Terrell refer to an interview that Soros did with Steve Kroft from “60 minutes”, but again they refer to it out of context to make their fallacious conclusion. In the interview, Soros clearly states that he accompanied the official who was protecting him (his “godfather”). “I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So the — I had no role in taking away that property. So I had no sense of guilt. “ He states that the only good that came out of his experience is that it taught him “That one should think ahead. One should understand and — and anticipate events and when — when one is threatened. It was a tremendous threat of evil. I mean, it was a — a very personal experience of evil.” Calling Soros a Nazi collaborator has been widely condemned by the Anti-Defamation League and The American Gathering of Jewish Survivors and Their Descendants.

    Also, Terrell’s description of this collaboration as being “under the guise of a Christian youth seems to imply something sinister on George Soros’ part. The truth is that a Hungarian Christian official agreed (evidently for money not because of conscience) to hide George so he won’t be killed by the Nazi’s. Sounds like something George’s father did to protect his son. Nothing sinister about it.

    In summary, one can disagree with many of Soros’ ideas — many do. But, to label him as “anti-capitalist” and “pro-Marsist” and trying to create a “one-world” socialist government is nonsense. Terrell should know better.

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  2. Oh, Les. God love you. You wax long with words, but you have forfeited credibility and have done nothing to reestablish it.

    Most of the quotes from George Soros came either from videos where you can watch and hear him speak for himself or his book, Soros on Soros, where he did speak for himself.

    You are free to disagree with me, but you have undercut the grounds from which you purport to do so. If you want me to engage with you on a basis of fact and reason, you will have to reestablish credibility.

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  3. Quoting someone out of context in order to promote one’s own agenda is one step above lying. Glenn Beck would be proud of you.

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