People are often subjected to oppression and injustices against them, because it is believed by their oppressors that their victims cannot protect themselves. Protection is often obtained in the form of money, and the poor are the most subjected to oppressive actions, because they cannot afford legal protection. George Soros wants to put an end to the oppression of the poor. He knows what it is like to have a bully’s foot placed upon his family because of their differences. George comes from the country of Hungary, and that nation was once invaded by the Nazis. When George was 14, he experienced the invasion firsthand and barely managed to escape the Holocaust of Hitler.
When Hitler was finally out of the picture, George Soros moved away to find a better way of life in London. He enrolled into the School for Economics. While there, he not only earned a degree in Economics, but also obtained a Master’s in Philosophy. These two degrees aided George with his future ability to earn a great deal of capital. George soon went to work at a brokerage firm; the esteemed Singer and Friedlander. He quickly learned how to excel at the skillful art of trading securities from one country to another, and made a massive profit. With his resulting earnings, he could now afford to sail away to New York and further excel with his new knowledge. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com
While in New York, George worked at a variety of firms on Wall Street, amassing even more wealth. This wealth allowed him to found his own hedge fund company, which he named after his own name, the Soros Fund. Many years later, in the 1980s, he would found another company for the purpose of aiding people and companies who are desperately in need of funds. He called the company the Open Society Foundation. The name for this latest endeavor comes from the teachings of Karl Popper, a noted philosopher that George was exposed to during his studies in London. Mr. Popper had the viewpoint that a free society without persecution of the poor is the only way to experience a world of fantastic opportunities for everyone.
To that end, George’s foundation funds those without access to legal aid, people who need medical care, and those who desire to attain an education so that they can achieve a better life on their own. Medical marijuana is probably the most inexpensive and most accessible drug on the planet. However, the herb has been proven by medical science to help prevent terrible seizures, and a host of other ailments that usually call for the need of prescription medications, that often cost a great deal more than marijuana does.
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