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George Soros, Promoting Equality Through Open Societies

In the last century, the world has seen many humanitarians all unique in many ways. George Soros at 87, is one of the few remaining influential philanthropists who has made a conscious effort to take a stand on controversial issues that impact society. While he is most popularly known for being a successful and epic hedge fund manager, this is merely the tip of the iceberg.

As one of the few people who believes in leading by example, George Soros has dedicated a large part of his life and fiscal resources in promoting democratic ideals to form a better society, one worth raising future generations in without the need of constant worry. He has been an integral part of influencing positive policy reforms that demand equality for minorities, promoting better drug policies and funding programs that encourage higher education to minorities. He has donated a sum over $100 million to universities spread across the former USSR.

George Soros has also spent over $75 million in the form of fiscal resources with the sole intention of stopping the adverse effects of extreme poverty in Africa. This cause was known as the Millennium Promise and Millennium Villages Project, and it answered various social and environmental concerns that ranged from education to business development, food, energy and clean drinking water.

One might imagine that the positive impact made by the altruistic behavior of this finance kingpin would be enough for a lifetime; however, this is not the case. A short while ago, once again, this humanitarian contributed to making the world more liveable, by donating an astonishing sum of $18 billion to the Open Society Foundation that shares similar views about equality as him.

As a legendary financier, George Soros has the needed expertise to understand the implications of imprudent assertions made by America and the direct effects it had on the American economy during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The paper published by him on the Atlantic termed as the Bubble of American Supremacy made a few interesting points that can make America think beyond the concept of individual security. It elaborated that a more efficient idea would be that of collective security where in America can once again be counted on as world leaders and get international cooperation while returning the favor in due course of time.

Although George Soros is a prominent capitalist, his humane approach and values have led him to argue in an article that he wrote for the Atlantic termed as the Capital Threat. This article states that the free market concept defeats the entire value system on which open societies operate and there is a dire need for change right now. This change is possible by developing a conceptual system based on mistakes humans tend to make and have made in the past. By learning from our mistakes, we can create a better society especially if the traditional concept of using reasons to improve is not nearly good enough for our world.

These consistent acts devoid of any selfish motives along with a value system based on morality have led many people to wonder if George Soros was born a humanitarian, or did the dozens of struggles over a lifetime transform him into a humble yet just leader. Born in Budapest to a Jewish family and with a very modest start in his life, he migrated to England after surviving the Hungary Nazi occupancy and the subsequent Battle of Budapest. He is considered to be a self-made man as his finance education in London was paid by him by working as both a waiter and railroad porter. After years of toiling in the finance sector, he soared great heights and was finally perceived as a force to reckon with not because of his financial worth, but because of the efforts, he has taken to be a part of the change that can save humanity in more ways than one.

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