Open Society Needs Defending
Open societies are in crisis, and various forms of closed societies – from fascist dictatorships to mafia states – are on the rise. Because elected leaders failed to meet voters’ legitimate expectations and aspirations, electorates have become disenchanted with the prevailing versions of democracy and capitalism.
NEW YORK – Well before Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, I sent a holiday greeting to my friends that read: “These times are not business as usual. Wishing you the best in a troubled world.” Now I feel the need to share this message with the rest of the world. But before I do, I must tell you who I am and what I stand for.
I am an 86-year-old Hungarian Jew who became a US citizen after the end of World War II. I learned at an early age how important it is what kind of political regime prevails. The formative experience of my life was the occupation of Hungary by Hitler’s Germany in 1944. I probably would have perished had my father not understood the gravity of the situation. He arranged false identities for his family and for many other Jews; with his help, most survived.
In 1947, I escaped from Hungary, by then under Communist rule, to England. As a student at the London School of Economics, I came under the influence of the philosopher Karl Popper, and I developed my own philosophy, built on the twin pillars of fallibility and reflexivity. I distinguished between two kinds of political regimes: those in which people elected their leaders, who were then supposed to look after the interests of the electorate, and others where the rulers sought to manipulate their subjects to serve the rulers’ interests. Under Popper’s influence, I called the first kind of society open, the second, closed.
I can't believe him had the nerve to write this! This is a man who got rich by betting against third world countries currencies then sabotaging them so he could make money! He has literally looted the meager life savings of a billion poor people in this world! His virtue signaling as the "good" is stunningly insane! George Soros is so evil that if he doesn't go to Hell when he dies it doesn't exist! He's worried Putin is going to hack the European elections in 2017! Like the demonic liberal trash losing elections in Europe has nothing to do with the people hating their guts for letting millions of rapists and murderers into their countries! No it has to be boogy man Putin! Well Merkel is going down and there's no Soros lie big enough to save her fucking traitor ass! Come September Merkel will be burnt at the stake alive and it's going to be beautiful!