The billionaire hedge fund manager, George Soros believes the open society is a philosophical and communal idea that should be at the heart of all the philanthropic work he completes to make the world a fairer and more democratic place. In the world of George Soros the open society means looking back at the mistakes that have been made by society in the past and attempting to overcome the issues that may be seen in various parts of the world replicating those occurring throughout history; Soros believes one of the major mistakes currently being made is the “Brexit” decision by the people of the U.K. that has placed at threat the European Union, a political and social experiment Soros believes is of major importance to bringing about the freedom of movement he believes is an important part of the open society philosophy.
The open society theory explains the history and political viewpoint of the individual makes it impossible for a universal truth to be uncovered about how we are all living our lives in the present day; the Open Society Foundations explains its founder, George Soros, was affected by the occupation of Hungary by Nazi German forces in the Second World War and the later totalitarian rule of the communist Soviet Union. Soros embarked upon his own refugee journey into the U.K. at the age of 17 in 1947 and eventually made his way to the London School of Economics where he fell under the tutelage of philosopher Karl Popper. Over the course of his philanthropic career, George Soros has set out to create a network of foundations and Super PAC’s dedicated to protecting the rights of the people of the world from conservative and extreme right wing groups.
One of the most important aspects of the open society theory identified by George Soros in an article for The Atlantic is the ability to learn from the mistakes of the past that may be seen as returning in current affairs. George Soros believes the mistakes of the late 19th-century and early 20th-century are being repeated in the first two decades of the 21st-century as the dominant nation of the U.S. is failing to learn from the mistakes seen when the U.K. believed it had achieved political hegemony over the people of the world. Soros believes a period of uncertainty is inevitable in both an economic and political sense as the U.S. is turning away from its recent role of policing the world and is looking inward instead of towards its trading partners who have made the U.S. economy the most impressive thing in the world.