George Soros is a force for good and democratic principles. The billionaire's "Open Society Foundation" is today under attack from many of the illiberal forces in the US and Europe that seek to re-establish elected "dictatorships". Leaders such as Hungary's Viktor Orban and others are directly and explicitly targeting him as the enemy of the anti-democratic visions they have for their countries.
Soros is trying to do many good things but he is often mistaken in his approach. Like most "Americans" he is too focused on process rather than values and states of mind. Their thinking is governed by the system. (This incidentally was the problem with the US approach to introducing democracy to Iraq; without the embedded democratic mindsets and values, the democratic process is reduced to institutionalising collective prejudices and fears). This means Soros is focusing on influencing processes such as Public Prosecutor appointments, voter registration, voting patterns, turnout, re-districting and so on when the problem is that the policies he is fighting for are not seen as fundamental to democracy (which they are) but as partisan. In other words, he's approaching the problem as if he can "beat the system" on the day of the election and that's an entirely different issue from communicating and embedding democratic values.
For what it's worth, States of Mind believes that - for now - his approach is like trying to hold back the tide - displacing right-wing ideologues who hold divisive and polarising policies means that they will do everything to find a way to use the system to come back at you at the next election. It's an un-winnable see-saw war. The real problem is a lack of shared values. Democratic values depend more on mindsets and social cohesion than on exploiting processes.
Soros sees that, in his words, "Trump is willing to destroy the world." An 87 year old Holocaust survivor, he shows no signs of backing down in the face of considerable intimidation. He's seen it all before and is under no illusions how serious the situation is. Democracy still needs him.
“Everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong.”
“The bigger the danger, the bigger the threat, the more I feel engaged to confront it,”