How I Sopped Being Suspicious and Learned to Love George Soros (sort of)

I’m a liberal and I don’t trust George Soros. I don’t care about the cheap conspiracy mongering of right wing shrills. I don’t give two poops about any supposed connection to Hillary Clinton and the Clinton foundation. All the fantastic conspiracies that have been spun around Soros is the toil of cranks that have little capacity for original thought. Glenn Beck and James Wood have little understanding of truth. I pay no attention to talk radio, conservative or liberal.

George Soros’ success make him the poster child for neo-liberal policies and it amazes me that there is so much dislike for him by these same shrills. Then again, they aren’t exactly the brain trust of economics. They are right to be suspicious of the man though, he’s not exactly pro-America, and would work against our national best interest if it served his agenda. No conspiracies are needed here. As we will see shortly the UK knows all too well about the danger of Soros’.

It should go without saying that Soros may be the most brilliant and shrewd money managers in the history of modern economics. When I was taking economic courses in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s he was the patron saint of the free markets. If you want to trade currency or start a successful hedge fund George Soros is the man to study. Truly. I say this with respect to the man and his skills. If that wasn’t enough, Mr. Soros is a philosophical thinker of great complexity. I appreciate anyone who can appreciate Karl Popper.

I recently joked with a friend that my autobiography is going to be titled, “How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Free Market.” My friend thought that funny given that we had just been discussing my concern over the liberal love affair with George Soros. My concern is that liberals see his social philosophy and his philanthropy and little else.

I don’t hate the man. I’m suspicious. You don’t make a fortune without a little larceny in your heart and a willingness to be ruthless and opportunistic. You just don’t. All the philanthropy in the world — Soros can afford his largesse — and philosophical ideals doesn’t diminish the other. His beneficiaries’ might do well to remember the proverb about being too eager to accept the generosity of the king.

George Soros has been dubbed, “The Man Who Broke the Bank of England,” because of his amazing talent at gambling with currency. He created the UK’s Black Wednesday currency crisis single handedly (for all intents) when he short sold $10 billion (US) worth of pound sterling (UK). This maneuver earned him a tidy one billion. Is that all, you say? I fear a man with that much economic power. Remember — ruthless and opportunistic.

It some ways I admire him. He may not be Nietzsche’s ubermensch, but he’s nearly the epitome of the man who makes his own morals and lives according to his will. He is positively Nietzschean in this regard. Aleister Crowley might have regarded him as a man who lived according to this true will. The possibility that the Great Beast 666 himself might endorse Soros should give you the chills. On the other hand, I’m playing strictly at fantasy here. Even cranky old Ayn Rand might appreciate him. That is if she could get past his social ideas and philanthropy — she wouldn’t. She would admire his economic prowess though.

As I write this little essay I find my appreciation for George Soros increasing. Perhaps, I should rename my autobiography, “How I learned to Stop Being Suspicious and Learned to Love George Soros.” I have delusions of grandeur and would love that kind of power. Unfortunately, I can barely manage my own meager investments. Is my distrust of Soros merely investment envy?

The point that I’m dancing about is no small one. It can best be left to a few broad questions to the American liberal — those who are distrustful of capitalism and neo liberal economics specifically. Why laud a man who uses the same methods of the Wall Street Wolves and Crony Capitalists you so clearly despise? Is it because he was successful? Is it because you approve of his agenda therefore his methods justify the means? The man is a capitalist. Even if he sees clearly the flaws of our present social structure. How can you like a capitalist who ought to be as morally suspect as any of the others you dislike?

Originally published at on August 30, 2017.