Philosophers spend their entire lives figuring out the best possible systems within which humanity can thrive. They spent their lives and legacies on that and some have been known to propagate those philosophies which when implemented by powerful regimes, impose themselves on other civilizations. Karl Popper, however, figured out that there was no global or unanimous system under which all humanity could operate and thrive. He came up with the Open Society philosophy which suggests democratic rule and inclusiveness: a system of civilization that permitted other forms of civilization to exist without interference despite the ability and power to. He went on to list numerous philosophies that could never allow the Open Society to exist without its imposition on them.
However, by imposing itself, the Open Society would prove fallacious and a contradiction of its very essence. He resolved to spread it and managed to get it taught to University students.George Soros is the world’s most philanthropic man who has given a whopping 12 billion dollars to philanthropy over his lifetime, mostly through the Open Society Foundations. He is also one of the world’s richest men alive and his possessions are valued at 26 billion dollars. He was once a student at the London School of Economics where he first came across the Open Society philosophy. The argument put forth by Karl Popper propagating the philosophy that explained how past dynasties fell for imposing their ways of life on minority civilizations got to him.
The philosopher had given many examples of such regimes, one of them being the Nazi Regime under which Soros and his family had been persecuted for their identities. The regime had occupied Hungary and killed 500,000 Jews in a bid to impose its ideologies on the Germanic people of Hungary. That example severely struck relevance of the theory and philosophy in the mind of George Soros. Rather than desire revenge, he desired to assist other communities facing such oppression to come out of it. He thought of ways he could realize the prescriptions of philosophy without imposing. Unlike his teacher, Karl Popper (indirectly through his publications), intelligent and innovative Soros came up with a subtle way to propagate the Open Society.
Rather than use abrasiveness to empower and to liberate, Soros figured out that the way to go was the Philanthropic way. He knew the odds of succeeding were low but that motivates him more. George always loved a challenge and even made his fortune through hedge funds; the riskiest way to invest. He, therefore, resolved to invest his fortunes in propagating an Open Society: one he nears to achieve every passing day. He founded and funded the Open Society Foundations which provides financial support to civil society groups globally. The foundations do so with an aim to emancipating the oppressed by:
- Advancing justice
- Improve and spread education
- Bettering public health
- Strengthening media groups to be independent and free from intimidation.