George Soros is a noted businessman, investor, author, and philanthropist. George Soros is a Jewish man that was born in Hungary in 1930 and became a US citizen after the end of World War II. His youth was formed by his experiences under the totalitarian rule of Hitler’s Germany and then Hungary until his escape to England in 1947. While in England attending college he learned to distinguish between two forms of government; one where people elect leaders who then look after their interests, and another where those in charge manipulate the public to serve their own desires. He called these open and closed societies respectively.
George Soros has recently been giving his alarming views on Donald Trump being elected President of the United States. His first message is this era is not normal and we’re all going to need luck to get through it. Open societies are turning into closed societies with fascism on the rise. He believes this is due to elected leaders in open forms of government having spent years ignoring the legitimate needs of their citizens on NYTimes. All that elected leader seem to serve anymore are their elite ones, who have stolen away democracy. Globalization has directly led to the ever increasing financial gulf between the rich and connected and everyone else.
After the 2008 crash the EU and the United States have become increasingly dysfunctional where long overdue reforms have failed to materialize. George Soros says that democracy is now in a crisis, and one of the symptoms of this is the election of a con artist and a man who aspires to be a despot as president. While he thinks the United States is strong enough to continue standing, George Soros is worried about targeted minorities in the US and also the overall fate of the EU. The EU is increasingly under the influence of Russian President Putin who’s views are the polar opposite of an open government on Politico, as well as his concerns about Putin’s efforts to get Trump elected for his own benefit. Putin has achieved his success of manipulating the populations in Europe and the US through the use of fake news and misinformation that he has spread through social media.
As people are increasingly left economically behind the concern is that Putin’s control over Europe will continue to grow on Snopes. He thinks that that EU is on the verge of breaking up which will only be of benefit to Putin and not at all in the interest of the citizens of Europe. The only hope for the EU to be saved is to reinvent it into something that serves the interests of the average citizen and not just the elite at the top.