It takes a brave soul to criticize capitalism and the laisse-faire economy that so many Americans revere. That is just what George Soros has done in his writing, speaking, and financial political activism.
In an extremely thoughtful and insightful article which Soros wrote for The Atlantic, he explains his beliefs on wealth distribution. With swift sentences that take the reader on a journey inwards, away from the loud obstructive noise about capitalism that we are bombarded with daily. He introduces questions that we all need to ask ourselves: do we like the way the economy is structured? Is it working? Is the way wealth is distrubuted now really serving our society as a whole? If more government intervention would help, would it be worth it?
Soros makes the point that out culture has adamantly supported the laissez-faire economy structure for the last century, and that the economic structure has run parallel to social Darwinism. This means that the “cream rises to the top”, and the smart, business savvy people who have the best morals and work ethics will make it, while lazy or unskilled people will fail. We have adopted this subconscious viewpoint because of the intellectual and cultural stew we live in. Learn more on discoverthenetworks.org about George Soros.
Soros says what if there is a different way? What if we don’t have to think like that any more? One of the main flaws in these views is it links capitalism with survival of the fittest, which is a false association. It fails to take into account the way money is actually shared and used. Soros states, “The argument is undercut by the fact that wealth is passed on by inheritance, and the second generation is rarely as fit as the first”.
Soros has used his insight into the economy and politics to amass a multi-billion dollar fortune. He understands world markets, economic theory, and the political stage, all of which makes him an excellent trader. He is well into his eighties and yet as of 2016 was still actively trading in the financial arena.
George Soros uses his wealth in order to bring to fruition his ideals regarding politics and society. He has, for quite some time, supported the ideal of an “open society”. Soros explained to The Atlantic readers that the term open society was first used in 1932 by a writer Henri Bergson. Soros says that the term is still relevant today, although it must be re-imagined in order to apply to the modern world. Read his profile at Forbes.
The funds that Soros generously supports align with his vision of an open society. He has given millions to foundations across Europe in support of his mission, after the collapse of communism. In recent years, he has supported American liberal political campaigns. His gifts include $7 million dollars in donation to Priorities USA Action, $2 million dollars for the PAC American Bridge 21st Century, and $5 million dollars to a group called “Immigrant Voters Win”. His political actions back his words regarding the open society which he envisions.
When you hear the story of Andy Wirth, words like courage, bravery and perseverance come to mind. However, he would likely sooner attribute these words to a high class of military personnel. And now his efforts are to aid in assisting them and their families.
In October of 2013 Wirth, an avid skydiver, was making a jump with some friends. Weather conditions forced him to land in a vineyard, where a pole holding up the vines severed his arm. Although he knew he was losing enough blood to put his life in danger, Wirth managed to remain calm until help arrived. He was rushed to a hospital where the arm was miraculously reattached. Then the long journey back to health began.
After three months in the hospital, Wirth was back home in Lake Tahoe and looking to resume his fitness routine. It just so happened that a Navy SEAL team was in his town doing their winter mountain combat training. Wirth quickly befriended many of these men. He credits their spirit and counsel as an integral part of his recovery. Their stories and courage motivated him on the long road back to elite physical shape.
Now, having gotten as close to what he’d call “normal” as he’s been in his whole recovery, Adam has his eye on the Ironman Triathlon. As he trains, he’s got a new cause to motivate him. He’s assembled a team that includes a close friend from college as the cycler, a new Navy SEAL friend as the swimmer and himself as the runner. Calling themselves the Special Warfare Warrior Support Team, they are out to not only win, but raise funds for the Navy SEAL Foundation.
Established in 2000, the Navy SEAL Foundation provides ongoing support for the Naval Special Warfare Community. Navy SEALS are required to spend much of the year training and serving overseas, leaving their families behind. Many return with lost limbs and illnesses. Some give their lives in sacrifice for their country. The foundation provides critical support for Navy SEAL families in such times. It also develops programs to assist family members with health, welfare and education.
You can help. Adam Wirth and his buddies have a goal of $30,0000 to raise for the Foundation. Visit the Crowdrise web page at https://www.crowdrise.com/wwsupport and donate today. Your contribution will help to support the members and families of a branch of military that has done so much to protect our everyday life here at home.