George Soros And His Continued Attempts To Aid In The Creation Of Open Societies

Philanthropists come from various walks of life, while some have been blessed with ample amounts of finances from the beginning, others work hard, toil away, and when they make something of themselves, they carry their people with them. George Soros is a self-made man, humanitarian and philanthropist who had a humble life, but when he soared high as one of the most important hedge fund managers for significant accounts, he decided to share his success with those who weren’t as fortunate as him.

George Soros, at 87 has done a significant amount of good in the last few decades, with his first act of selflessness in 1984 through a substantial donation to foundations. Over a period he has funded various causes and charities with over $32 billion, and one of his significant contributions in 2017, was to the Open Societies Foundation where he handed them $18 Billion, over a short span of time. This funding was done with his own assets and with the intention to found a society that is devoid of judgment and discrimination. This foundation works towards the goal of supporting the real sense of democracy as well as improving human rights for everyone, but mainly for minorities. With his help and support, these foundations have helped numerous people in more than 100 nations.

As a believer of open societies and the concept of unified rights for people, and better systems than merely the free markets, this philanthropist has always made attempts to walk the talk. He has aided in making policy changes that ensure justice and equality for minorities from around the world. He supports any minority suffers public and police brutality and helps them get a voice and be empowered. Not only has he supported various groups that represent Europe’s Roma people but also those people that have been forced to become victims of drug and the skin trade. He actively engages in assisting the lesbian, gay, transgender and similar communities by helping them fight discrimination and helping them get empowered and be accepted by the people that they are.

George Soros also supports higher education and has funded various institutes to aid in better K-12 education systems. He has also made various attempts to ensure that students that wish to study can pursue their dreams despite their economic background. This humanitarian has founded as well as financially supported the Central European University of Budapest that teaches social sciences. He has also engaged in the fight for the right of freedom and expression, on an international level to ensure that societies work on just principles and not on pre-conceived notions.

As a philanthropist with liberal thoughts and the belief for real peace and justice on this planet, he has actively supported various charities, foundations, and organizations that include but are not limited to The Institute for New Economic Thinking, the International Crisis Group, and Global Witness. He advocates the importance of positive policy reforms and has tied up with leaders throughout the world to make these improvements to better the lives of numerous people in various locations, with diverse economic and social backgrounds.

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HRF Founder Thor Halvorssen Has Zero Respect For Any And Every Tyrant

Tyrant is a nasty word when you happen to be the founder of the New York City-based HRF or Human Rights Foundation.

Thor Halvorssen is quite the engaging activist, as witnessed by writer Matt Labash for the WeeklyStandard.com. In a recent article about Halvorssen, Labash noted that the principles of basic human rights and personal liberty are no-brainers. In other words, these two factors are the foundations from which everything else springs forward. There should never have to be any discussion about bartering this or that when it comes to people and their freedom, he bluntly states.

Thor Halvorssen comes from quite the fascinating background with politically active parents, as his father was thrown in a Venezuelan prison while discovering government corruption there as the country’s drug czar. Meantime, his Norwegian mother was shot at an anti-Hugo Chavez demonstration, and currently, Halvorssen’s cousin is behind bars as a political prisoner in Venezuela.

According to The Atlantic Halvorssen shows no mercy for those who enjoy tyranny and isn’t afraid to stand up to the corruption. He was allegedly beaten to a pulp in 2010, as he and a cameraman traveled to Ho Chi Minh City to sit down and record an interview with the patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, Thich Quang Do. His church had been banned, and Quang Do had been under house arrest for 28 years.

Following the interview, Vietnamese authorities caught Thor and beat him black and blue. He was arrested and detained and eventually released.

Thor Halvorssen has not been shy about his disdain for presidential candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. He had supported and believed that Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders would have been the best candidate, blasting Clinton for allegedly taking millions and millions of dollars from numerous dictatorships- Algeria, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Halvorssen founded the HRF in 2005 and considers himself a “classical liberal.”