Part 1: The Dark Emperor: George Soros

by CJFosdick on September 13, 2016

(Condensed from an article by the same name)

When one looks at the largest donors to global political causes in the last 15 to 20 years, one name continues to pop up again and again to progressive and Democratic organizations and political action committees: George Soros.

 As the world’s 27th-wealthiest individual, Soros has nearly $25 billion, most of it located offshore. Much of that wealth has come from currency speculation and big bets in international markets that have been affected by one of Soros’ biggest side interests — politics.
 In fact, given the amount of money Soros has given to progressive and liberal groups in the last 20 years — from MoveOn to Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter — it seems disingenuous to refer to Soros as a “philanthropist”;”global manipulator” is a more apt title.

 As one of the planet’s most affluent citizens, Soros hasn’t been shy about flexing his political muscle. Soros is 86.

Born Jewish, Soros began life prior to the outbreak of World War II in Budapest, Hungary. When the Nazis had designs on his birth country along with the rest of Europe, Soros might have thought he could escape destiny by declaring himself an atheist.

 In 1944, when the Germans occupied Hungary, Soros’ father hid him with the family of a German-Hungarian official, who Soros accompanied to work some days. The official’s job? Deporting Jews to concentration camps and seizing their property. 

After the war, the Soros’ family moved to England where the young Soros attended the London School of Economics (LSE). It was there where he became a disciple of Professor Karl Popper, who advocated societal change through violence and Marxist doctrines.
 From Popper’s book, “The Open Society and Its Enemies” Soros would later draw much of his ideals, and the book’s title even influenced the name of Soros’ largest political action group, the Open Society Foundations (OSF). 

After graduating from the LSE, Soros started working for investment banks, first in England, and then in New York. He began making his fortune via hedge funds including what later became known as “The Soros Fund” and “The Quantum Fund.” Much of Soros’ early investment bets were in defense industry-related stocks and companies.

 Living in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, Soros went on to meet many students and radical leaders of the time, including Aryeh Neier, one of the founders of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a radical socialist group that sought to overthrow the U.S. government.

 After leaving SDS, Neier joined the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) where he eventually became its national executive director. In 1978, after his stint at the ACLU, Neier promoted the idea that the United States was one of the worst violators of human rights in the world.

Apparently, Soros liked these ideas, and he eventually made Aryeh Neier the leader of the OSF, which Soros originally established in 1979. 

OSF then gave over $8 million to the ACLU and more than $100 million to HRW. OSF now operates in 37 countries and has given $11 billion to progressive and liberal causes and organizations since 1993. 

Another member of the radical left that Soros met with was Beat Poet Allen Ginsburg, who doubtless had an impact on Soros’ drug policies. Soros has admitted to smoking and enjoying marijuana. The relationship between Soros and the global drug trade remains murky, but it’s known that a number of Soros’ companies are based in offshore havens that are as known money-laundering capitals for the drug trade, such as the territories of the Dutch Antilles. A drug culture publication, called Heads, refers to Soros as “Daddy Weedbucks” and said that Soros “drops the bucks exactly where they’re needed.”

While Soros claims to be an open advocate of drug legalization, it may be more accurate to say that he’s interested in influencing various countries’ national drug policies, as opposed to pure legalization.

 In the United States, Soros has claimed that “harm” to drug addicts would be “reduced” if the government took over the business of drug sales and distribution. Of course, what’s not stated is that the government would have to buy drugs from some entities, somewhere.

Soros is in favor of federal regulation of local police forces, and one area of encroachment Soros would like to push is drug policy. Soros would like law enforcement to give far more leeway to addicts and dealers, providing the former with government-funded paraphernalia and the latter with more legal space in which to operate. Soros would essentially like the U.S. to surrender in the war on drugs, which would be almost certain to result in more American citizens experimenting with drugs. Soros funds a group called the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), whose executive director, Ethan Nadelmann, was queried about his relationship with Soros and Soros’ desire to put his stamp on the Supreme Court in the early 2000s via the billionaire’s funding of Democrat John Kerry’s presidential campaign.

”Are we going to get some Supreme Court justices out of this?” Nadelmann was asked at the 2004 National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) conference.

“We will see,” was Nadelmann’s response, adding that delivering “all the goods” might be difficult.

The DPA was effective in defeating incumbent Albany, New York District Attorney Paul Clyne in the Democratic primary of 2004. At the time, Nadelmann said that he was proud of what his group had “contributed to this race” and “what happened in Albany” had “national resonance.”

In California, the DPA and other groups attempted to overturn the state’s “three strikes” law via the Proposition 66 referendum, which had serious implications for drug dealers. Had the law been overturned, more than 25,000 dangerous criminals would have been put back on the streets.

Republican California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was against the initiative and appeared in radio and television ads fighting it. In the end, voters rejected the measure by 52 percent to 47 percent.

In the meantime, the DPA has given grants to “marijuana clubs” that dispense the drug, including California-based “Cannabis Consumers,” whose director Mikki Norris said, “we honor George Soros.”

In the wake of these efforts, the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) released a report in which it said that since the mid-1990s, “incremental changes in state drug laws have continued at an alarming rate across our nation” which are designed to “ultimately legalize drugs.”

The report named Soros as one of the wealthy individuals behind a “very well-financed” legalization movement, which is “highly adept at manipulating the media.”

The NDAA was correct; Soros’ OSF indeed supports many independent and progressive press organizations.* (List below)

*The Independent Media Institute, the Center for Investigative Reporting, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, The Media Access Project, The Media Awareness Project, Investigative Reporters & Editors, and the Association for Progressive Communications.

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