It is one thing to amass wealth but entirely different for the wealth holder to share the wealth freely. We are talking about the philanthropic activities of a man whose love for humanity than love itself, George Soros. This is a gentleman who was born in Belfast Hungary 85 years ago. He is an American of noble standing, a billionaire by right and a philanthropist at heart. He wears many hats as it is almost an offense not to mention that he is an investment mogul and an author. His investment prowess has seen his wealth rise to over 23 billion dollars putting him on the Forbes list of the top fifty wealthy people in the world. In the USA, Soros forms part of the top ten richest people. George Soros is the Chairman and Founder of the Open Society Foundations– which is a network of foundations, partners and projects in over 100 countries globally.
Soros is committed to the idea of open society- where rights are respected, government enhance accountability, and truth is open to all. This the uniqueness in of the Open Society Foundations unlike many other private philanthropic efforts propagated by other philanthropies. The current burning of books and literature related to George Soros’ Open Societies Foundation in colleges in Russia is widely seen as a move to gag open talk on human rights. What these hooligans didn’t put in mind is that Soros has amassed so much financial muscle for anyone to stand on his way of propagating democracy across the world. Soros books are important as they helped build up a international system that enhanced transparency and accountability to the natural resources extraction industries in the larger part of Europe. Local cartels and tyrants could be behind the book burning as people are enlightened and people are able to demand for more accountability from their leaders.
Burning of George Soros books in Russia is a foolish move as human rights and need for dignity is not a topic that is escaping media attention any time soon. The message is already out there and traveling at a speed higher than lightening. It will be interesting to watch the activities of the Open Society as this move gives them even more impetus to propagate events that will enhance transparency in the operations of the Russian government. George Soros has been on this world long enough for such desperate antics to dampen his big heart.