Australian philosopher Karl Popper was so popular in the period when the Second World War raged that his Open Society Philosophy got taught to economy students in European Universities. The philosopher attributed the Second World War and all other world conflicts in the past, present and future to that day’s ruling dynasties’ assumption that they are better configured than others. He described the Open Society; a socio-political system which respects everyone’s opinions and differences is ruled democratically and does not impose on minority groups within it. He also wrote a book explaining why such an ideal system of governance and global coexistence could never actualize; the Open Society and Its Enemies. Among the philosophies which Popper thought to be misleading, all supposed to have the ultimate truth of humanity figured out. Also, the philosophies emphasized on their subscribers to spread them, even by imposition. Some of them were;
- And nationalism
The Open Society Foundations
The Open Society Foundations is the creation of George Soros and his ardent belief that Karl Popper’s Open Society should, and therefore can be achieved. The liberal billionaire has always loved challenges and even more, overcoming them. He first came across the philosophy as a student of Economics at the London School of Economics. He had witnessed for himself what the superiority complex that characterized other philosophies could lead dynasties to do. The Nazi Regime had invaded Hungary just to pacify it from Jews and had managed to kill 500,000 of them. The Soros Family were caught up in the strife and had to denounce and conceal their Jewish identities to survive. Therefore, in his financial hegemony and zenith in the hedge funds sector, Soros thought he should found and fund the foundation to the benefit of the meek and the oppressed persons of the world.
He had plenty of money and so he could: so he did.It’s difficult to set apart the roles played by the Open Society Foundations and George Soros in making the world a better place. The Open Society Foundations does most of the philanthropic work and even operates independently of the liberal billionaire but entirely depends on him for financing and direction. Nevertheless, the Open Society Foundations have played a critical role in the gradual decline of the enemies of Open Society as Karl Popper had listed them. As the biggest proponent of Open Society, Soros has also discerned other contemporary enemies to the Open Society and has directed charitable efforts of his affiliate philanthropies to stop them.
One of the grand achievements of the Open Society Foundations includes welcoming Eastern Europe into the fold after the decline of the Soviet Union. Another one revolves around the three-year relief it offered to the people of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War. It has also funded scores of freedom fighters and civil rights activists to further their protests against for repression, corruption, and war. All those are fewer contemporary enemies to the Open Society having in mind the decline of some major totalitarian, communist, dictatorial and fascist regimes.
Rainbow34 September 3, 2017