Wednesday, October 24, 2007

George Soros pro and con

Soros' "Open Society Institute" is sponsoring a conference called "There You Go Again: Orwell Comes to America", about manipulation and propaganda in political speech. It sounds good. Soros' thought and his actions are typical of people who follow a political philosophy instead of just going along with a postage stamp version of whatever ideology they like in that you can't just label the actions all good or all bad. While Soros in my opinion is on the general side of "good" due to things like his support of drug decriminalization and this conference, as well as some mild criticisms of globalization, there's also the aspect of Soros that echoes a kind of world police ethic with regards to countries that he sees as not democratic enough. The "color revolutions" in the Ukraine and Georgia are thought to have been largely funded by Soros in cooperation with the U.S. State Department, whose idea of democratization is similar to that of Soros. It's a sort of Clinton-Gore-esque understanding of the way to promote an open and kind of just society: reform at home and a big stick elsewhere. Which isn't to say that the positive things that Soros does don't help, but funding 'revolutions' in cooperation with the U.S. State Department?

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