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George Soros

Template:TOCnestleft George Soros (born August 12, 1930, as György Schwartz, in Budapest, Hungary), is one of the wealthiest people in the world (rated number 35 in 2010) and is a leading funder and organizer for progressive organizations and progressive causes. He is a proclaimed atheist.

Soros is the Chairman of Soros Fund Management, LLC and founder of The Open Society Institute. Soros claims his political activities are separate from the Open Society Institute.[1] He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations. Visit the main page on George Soros here...


  • A full and fair discussion is essential to democracy. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • An open society is a society which allows its members the greatest possible degree of freedom in pursuing their interests compatible with the interests of others. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • Bush's war in Iraq has done untold damage to the United States. It has impaired our military power and undermined the morale of our armed forces. Our troops were trained to project overwhelming power. They were not trained for occupation duties. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • China will be the engine driving it forward. The U.S. will be a drag with the decline of the dollar. Free Republic, Oct. 24, 2009
  • God in the old testament has a number of attributes, you know like invisible - I was pretty invisible. Benevolent - I was pretty benevolent. All-seeing - I tried to be all-seeing.The Glenn Beck Show, Nov. 11, 2010
  • I admit that I have always harbored an exaggerated view of my self-importance — to put it bluntly, I fancied myself as some kind of god or an economic reformer like Keynes (each with his General Theory) or, even better, a scientist like Einstein (reflexivity sounds like relativity). The Alchemy of Finance, George Soros, Google Books
  • I am acting out a fantasy and so is Eastern Europe. A psychiatrist once told me how dangerous it is to act out fantasies and I am beginning to see what he meant. Open Society Institute
  • I chose America as my home because I value freedom and democracy, civil liberties and an open society. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • I do not accept the rules imposed by others. If I did, I would not be alive today... And in periods of regime change, the normal rules don't apply. One needs to adjust one's behavior to the changing circumstances. The Glenn Beck Show, Nov. 9, 2010
  • I don't deny the Jews their right to a national existence - but I don't want to be a part of it. The Glenn Beck Show, Nov. 9, 2010
  • I give away something up to $500 million a year throughout the world promoting Open Society. My foundations support people in the country who care about an open society. It's their work that I'm supporting. So it's not me doing it. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • I think this is a great opportunity to finally deal with global warming and energy dependence. The US needs a cap and trade system with auctioning of licenses for emissions rights. I would use the revenues from these auctions to launch a new, environmentally friendly energy policy. That would be yet another federal program that could help us to overcome the current stagnation. The Republican Party of Fort Bend County, Nov. 29, 2010
  • I think there's a lot of merit in an international economy and global markets, but they're not sufficient because markets don't look after social needs. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • I think we need a large stimulus package which will provide funds for state and local government to maintain their budgets – because they are not allowed by the constitution to run a deficit. For such a program to be successful, the federal government would need to provide hundreds of billions of dollars. In addition, another infrastructure program is necessary. In total, the cost would be in the 300 to 600 billion dollar range. The Republican Party of Fort Bend County, Nov. 29, 2010
  • I think you put your finger on a very important flaw in the current world order and that is that only Americans have a vote in Congress and yet it is the United States that basically determines the policy for the world. That is a flaw in the current set up. The Glenn Beck Show, Nov. 11, 2010
  • If the terrorists have the sympathy of people, it's much harder to find them. So we need people on our side, and that leads us to be responsible leaders of the world, show some concern with the problems. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • I'm not doing my philanthropic work, out of any kind of guilt, or any need to create good public relations. I'm doing it because I can afford to do it, and I believe in it. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • It is sort of a disease when you consider yourself some kind of god, the creator of everything, but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out. THE BILLIONAIRE WHO BUILT ON CHAOS - GEORGE SOROS, The Independent, June 3, 1993
  • It was actually probably the happiest year of my life, that year of German occupation. For me, it was a very positive experience. A strange thing, because you see incredible suffering around you. And in fact, you are in considerable danger yourself, but you are 14 years old and you don't believe that it can actually touch you. You have a belief in yourself; you have a belief in your father... It's a very happy making, exhilarating experience. The Glenn Beck Show, Nov. 9, 2010
  • Just as the process of repealing national alcohol prohibition began with individual states repealing their own prohibition laws, so individual states must now take the initiative with respect to repealing marijuana prohibition laws. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • Just write that the former Soviet empire is now called the Soros empire. The Glenn Beck Show, Nov. 10, 2010
  • Markets are constantly in a state of uncertainty and flux and money is made by discounting the obvious and betting on the unexpected. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • Markets are designed to allow individuals to look after their private needs and to pursue profit. It's really a great invention and I wouldn't under-estimate the value of that, but they're not designed to take care of social needs. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • My foundations support people in the country who care about an open society. It's their work that I'm supporting. So it's not me doing it. But I can empower them. I can support them, and I can help them. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • My mother was quite antisemitic and ashamed of being Jewish. Given the culture in which one lived, being Jewish was a clear cut stigma, disadvantage, a handicap and therefore, there was always the desire to transcend it, to escape it. The Glenn Beck Show, Nov. 11, 2010
  • Now that I have called you on your false accusation, you are using additional smear tactics. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • President Bush is endangering our safety, hurting our vital interests, and undermining American values. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • Proposition 19 already is a winner no matter what happens on election day. The mere fact of its being on the ballot has elevated and legitimized public discourse about marijuana and marijuana policy in ways I could not have imagined a year ago. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • Regulating and taxing marijuana would simultaneously save taxpayers billions of dollars in enforcement and incarceration costs, while providing many billions of dollars in revenue annually. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • Speaking about Beck, Soros told Zakaria, “I would be amused if people saw the joke in it,” adding that he thinks Beck is “projecting” the views of Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox News, and who Soros accused of “telling the people some falsehoods and leading the government in the wrong direction.”
Soros said he thinks Fox News “has imported the methods of George Orwell, you know, newspeak, where you can tell the people falsehoods and deceive them.” The Huffington Post, Feb. 19, 2011
  • Stock market bubbles don't grow out of thin air. They have a solid basis in reality, but reality as distorted by a misconception. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • The criminalization of marijuana did not prevent marijuana from becoming the most widely used illegal substance in the United States and many other countries. But it did result in extensive costs and negative consequences. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • The financial markets generally are unpredictable. So that one has to have different scenarios... The idea that you can actually predict what's going to happen contradicts my way of looking at the market. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • The people currently in charge have forgotten the first principle of an open society, namely that we may be wrong and that there has to be free discussion. That it's possible to be opposed to the policies without being unpatriotic. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • The simple truth is that the private sector does not employ available resources. Mr. Obama has in fact been very friendly to business, and corporations are operating profitably. But instead of investing, they are building up liquidity. Perhaps a Republican victory would boost their confidence, but in the meantime, investment and employment require fiscal stimulus. Financial Times, Oct. 4, 2010
  • The world financial crisis was "stimulating" and "in a way, the culmination of my life’s work." Canada Free Press, Sept. 15, 2009
  • The worse a situation becomes the less it takes to turn it around, the bigger the upside. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • There is a resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe. The policies of the Bush administration and the Sharon administration contribute to that. It's not specifically anti-Semitism, but it does manifest itself in anti-Semitism as well. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • To my mind, there is a solution which has to do with democracy, because democratic governments are subject to the will of the people. So, if the people will it, you can actually create international institutions through the democratic states. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • To stabilize and regulate a truly global economy, we need some global system of political decision making. In short, we need a global society to support our global economy... Interestingly, the greatest opposition to this idea is coming from the United States. With the right sense of leadership and with clarity of purpose, the U.S. and its allies could help to stabilize the global economic system... The opportunity is waiting to be grasped. The Glenn Beck Show, Nov. 9, 2010
  • War is a false and misleading metaphor in the context of combating terrorism. Crimes require police work, not military action. The Glenn Beck Show, Nov. 9, 2010
  • We are the most powerful nation on earth. No external power, no terrorist organization, can defeat us. But we can defeat ourselves by getting caught in a quagmire. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • We must recognize that as the dominant power in the world we have a special responsibility. In addition to protecting our national interests, we must take the leadership in protecting the common interests of humanity. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • We really need to bring China into the creation of a new world order, financial world order. They are kind of reluctant members of the IMF. They play along. But they don’t make much of a contribution because it is not their institution. I think you need a new world order: China has to be a part of the process of creating it and they have to buy in. They have to own it., Nov. 11, 2010
  • Well, certainly a decline in the value of the dollar is necessary in order to compensate for the fact that the US economy will remain rather weak, will be a drag on the global economy. China will emerge as the motor replacing the US consumer and, of course, it’s a smaller motor because the Chinese economy is much smaller. So the world economy will have less of a motor, so it will move forward slower than it has in the last 25 years. But China will be the engine driving it forward and the US will be actually a drag that’s being pulled along through a gradual decline in the value of the dollar. So there would be a slow decline in the value of the dollar. A Managed decline. That would be the adjustment that it needs to be accomplished. Now it could actually get out of hand and certainly the fear of inflation will precede inflation itself.
  • Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • When I had made more money than I needed for myself and my family, I set up a foundation to promote the values and principles of a free and open society. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • When it comes to social consequences, they've got all different people acting in different ways, very difficult to even have a proper criterion of success. So, it's a difficult task. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • When you try to improve society, you affect different people with different interests differently... And they are not actually commensurate, so you very often have all kinds of unintended, adverse consequences. So, I had to experiment and it was a learning process. The first part was this subversive activity disrupting repressive regimes. That was a lot of fun. And that's actually what got me hooked on this whole enterprise. The Glenn Beck Show, Nov. 10, 2010
  • Who most benefits from keeping marijuana illegal? The greatest beneficiaries are the major criminal organizations in Mexico and elsewhere that earn billions of dollars annually from this illicit trade - and who would rapidly lose their competitive advantage if marijuana were a legal commodity. Brainy Quotes, Dec. 1, 2010
  • Yes, I did say that and actually I stand by it. I think the world very much needs a conscience... I want my foundation network to be the conscience of the world. The Glenn Beck Show, Nov. 10, 2010
  • You see, for the last 25 years the world economy, the motor of the world economy that has been driving it was consumption by the American consumer who has been spending more than he has been saving, all right? Than he’s been producing. So that motor is now switched off. It’s finished. It’s run out of — can’t continue. You need a new motor. And we have a big problem. Global warming. It requires big investment. And that could be the motor of the world economy in the years to come…Instead of consuming, building an electricity grid, saving on energy, rewiring the houses, adjusting your lifestyle where energy has got to cost more until you introduce those new things. So it will be painful. But at least we will survive and not cook. The Republican Party of Fort Bend County, Nov. 29, 2010

External links



  1. Soros Statement About Political Activities Open Societies Foundation, Nov. 13, 2010