Is George Soros a Student of Karl Popper?

According to the Open Society Foundations, of which George Soros is the founder and chairman, the world needs to appreciate Australian philosopher Karl Popper’s ‘Open Society and Its Enemies’ publication in order to live in harmony and peace. The Open Society Foundations make an impressive effort to explain the background of Karl Popper’s argument and why George Soros is so keen to help the world live out the recommendations of the school of thought. The Open Society Foundation is a creation by George Soros that operates in over 100 countries. It engages in strategic philanthropic activities that liberate the oppressed who actively pursue their freedom from identity persecution and dictatorial government.

The Atlantic, via an article titled ‘The Capitalist Threat‘ describes historical patterns of civilizations and regimes that rose and fell for simply assuming their doctrines and philosophies were superior than others and thus imposing their ideologies on others. The school of thought, initially proposed by Henri Bergson, cited a common fallacy among all totalitarian regimes; that they possessed the ultimate truth. Karl Popper polished up the school of thought in his publication, The Open Society and Its Enemies (1945). In the publication, the Australian suggested that no single society had humanity completely figured out and that each society had clues that other societies did not. He further explained that no society was entirely right and no society was entirely wrong. The ultimate wrong, however, was committed by totalitarian societies who forced other societies to abide by their perception of the Ultimate Truth.

One of the most relevant examples of societies that wrongfully tried to impose their doctrines of superiority on other societies that the Australian provided, not only to George Soros, but the entire world, was the Nazi Regime. The Nazi Regime perceived the Germanic races superior to others and even invaded Hungary to kill all of the Jews who lived there. It managed to kill over 500,000 Hungarian Jews and would have even killed more had it not been for the Soros family. George Soros and his kin evaded death by concealing their Jewish identities. They not only forged identity documents for themselves to that effect, but also did it for other Jewish families which had the resolve to survive. Soros made a successful move to the United States, after studying at the London School of London. He never forgot his roots. He remembered how he had been oppressed for merely being Jewish and resolved to use his wealth to help other individuals and societies that got persecuted for their identities across the world. Through the Open Society Foundations, he has been able to strategically put the 12 billion dollars he has given out to charity throughout his life to fund liberal causes.

 

George Soros follows insightful and novel strategy for criminal justice reform

Throughout the history of the U.S. criminal justice system, progressives have long sought to ameliorate the disparities that have persisted between minorities and whites in sentencing and being convicted of crimes. Through decades of focused efforts, nothing seems to have worked. Today’s progressives are slowly coming to the realization that the strategies that they have attempted before have been inadequate. This has particularly been true in the face of the gigantic, lucrative and deeply entrenched prison industrial complex, which employs hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country.

But one of the progressive movements most lionized and visible leaders, George Soros, has decided to attempt a new strategy to reform the long-standing disparities that exist within the criminal justice system. Soros has decided to begin personally funding the campaigns of progressive candidates throughout the South, particularly those running for sheriff, judgeships and prosecutorial offices. Read this story about George at politico.com

The strategy has proven to be extremely effective thus far. George Soros has donated tens of millions of dollars to prosecutorial races throughout the Southern United States, leading to victories in almost every single instance. But this strategy relies on one crucial fact, which many progressives that have attempted to change the system from the top down have long ignored.

In the United States criminal justice system, the person who often has the most power is the prosecutor or district attorney. This is due to the fact that they have a tool at their disposal that is unique to the U.S. justice system. This tool is the plea bargain.

Plea bargains developed as a means to handle the incredibly heavy case load of urban metropolises throughout the United States. Without the ability to dispense with the vast majority of cases without trial, the court systems throughout the nation’s largest cities would quickly become clogged, leading to criminals walking free and innocent people needing to wait years in order for their cases to be heard. Because this violates the U.S. constitutional right to a quick and speedy trial, the plea bargain was developed to ensure that people were not languishing in jail for years to be seen by a judge for a parking infraction. Read more at The New York Times about George.

But this new tool gave the prosecutors enormous sway over individual lives. By threatening to charge defendants with crimes that can carry up to 20 years in prison, prosecutors can oftentimes compel people to plead to much lesser crimes, even in cases where they may not necessarily be guilty. This is theorized to be one of the leading factors that have led to the disparities in incarceration rates between minorities and whites in the United States.

Through progressive prosecutors, who have the discretion to charge people or not charge people with crimes, Soros believes that it will be possible to radically diminish, from the ground up, the number of minorities that are sent to prison.

Know more: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/people/george-soros

Betsy DeVos: A Champion for School Choice

Betsy DeVos began her political career in college and hasn’t stopped fighting for change ever since. At Calvin College she inserted herself into the political community and began her lifelong commitment to activism. Over the last 30 years she has been the chair of several campaigns, organizations, political action committees, and even served as the Michigan Republican Party’s chairman for six years.Most of DeVos’ philanthropic record has been devoted to helping children obtain the quality of education that they deserve and empowering parents to help obtain that education. School choice is one of DeVos’ most strongly held beliefs and a reality she fights for to this day.When her own children went through school, she realized how many parents had to sacrifice everything just so their kids could get the best education. Potter’s House Christian School first caught Mrs. DeVos’ eye when her own children were school aged.

Over the years, she and her husband have returned to the school several times, contributing enough to support individual students at first, then expanding to support much larger programs. They still support Potter’s House Christian School, but Mrs. DeVos has grown her activism and reach far beyond a single school.In the 1990s, Betsy DeVos started an organization that granted low-income parents scholarships so they could choose the best school for their children and send them wherever they saw fit. It helped, but Ex-British PM David Cameron praises Betsy DeVos DeVos knew it wasn’t enough. A larger problem existed, and she made it her mission to try to fix it.She went on to serve on the boards for both Children First America and the American Education Reform Council, both nonprofit organizations that seek to provide school choice to parents and quality education to children in the United States. In 2000, she and her husband fought to change the constitution so that it would allow tax-credit vouchers or scholarships, but they were unsuccessful.That didn’t stop Betsy DeVos, though.

Betsy answered that defeat by starting the Great Lakes Education Project, a political action committee dedicated to influencing statewide education reform, largely through the expansion of charter schools. The committee enjoyed such great success between the years of 2001 and 2002 that DeVos was encouraged to take her initiative nationwide.At that point, Betsy DeVos became involved in an organization she would go on to chair called the American Federation for Children. She was a primary force in that organization, creating a more streamlined process and cohesive cooperation and furthering the work of helping parents obtain access to school choice so that students can receive the education they deserve.Mrs. DeVos still works tirelessly to bring school choice to as many people as possible across the country. Her work has been largely responsible for major successes in Florida, Louisiana, and Illinois, as well as other states, but she routinely admits there is much work left to do. One thing is for certain, though; Betsy DeVos won’t give up anytime soon.

Success Comes In Many Forms For Dick DeVos

The Grand Rapids, Michigan based businessperson Dick DeVos has a different way of looking at success than the majority of his contemporaries, which is an outlook on life that has impressed me immensely as I look through the achievements of Dick DeVos. I first became aware of Dick DeVos when he was working to bring the charter school and school charter system to Florida, but what I did not know was the range of impressive business choices the former President of the AmWay group had already undertaken. After attending public schools Dick DeVos entered the AmWay Group his father had established and took roles in various departments to get to know the business; becoming head of the international business side of the company in the 1980s was the moment Dick DeVos led the business in a new direction. I discovered the links between Dick DeVos and Florida go as deeply as his stewardship of the Orlando Magic NBA Franchise that DeVos remains a member of the Board of Governors of. After taking control of the AmWay Group I was amazed at the level of success Dick DeVos found with the company, which led to his continued work with his own Windquest Holdings company he leads as President.

Dick Devos understands a lot about the problems facing the people of the world in terms of education, which has led to him using his abilities and faith to reach across political lines and improve life for young people around the world. Reading about Dick DeVos I was amazed at the number of groups he has joined as a member of the board of directors; included in the educational groups DeVos works with are his boardroom activities with the Thunderbird School of Global Management I recently read the DeVos family provide a scholarship for students from third world countries. Dick DeVos is also Chairman of the West Michigan Aviation Academy that has taken the charter school program to an entirely new level, in my opinion.

As a member of the Michigan State Chamber of Commerce board and on the board of the Grand Action Plan DeVos is hoping to improve life across Michigan. I admire the work of Dick DeVos with the Willow Creek Association that hopes to bring Christian values and ethics to the people of the U.S. who have lost their faith.