Why do we let the government enslave us?

World power George Soros?

He is one of the leaders of the "world background power", as it is said again and again. He finances a global network of accomplices. They call themselves journalists, civil activists or civil rights activists - but in reality they are his agents. He also directs important and influential politicians like puppets.

Its aim is to rob entire peoples of their cultural and national identity, to enslave entire countries and to force them into eternal bondage. With his speculations he has already plunged millions of people into disaster. Now he is planning a population exchange in Europe - Christian natives are to be replaced by Muslim migrants. Anyone who opposes this plan will spark international campaigns of lies and slander.

The man who is said to be all of this is the US stock market billionaire and philanthropist of Hungarian-Jewish origin George Soros, who will turn ninety this Wednesday (August 12, 2020). Since the mid-1980s he has spent billions on the promotion of democracy and educational projects through the "Open Society" foundation he founded. And made many enemies around the world.

The conspiracy theories about him would hardly be worth mentioning if they were only raised by obscure right-wing extremists with a limited following. But the claims listed above come from none other than Viktor Orbán, the head of government of the EU country Hungary.

Figure of hatred in Eastern Europe

And Orbán is not alone in that. Almost everywhere in Eastern Europe, George Soros has become one of the greatest hateful figures in recent years. Often it is government politicians who tinker with Soros as an enemy. For example, the nationalist coalition partners of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov are currently accusing the rich philanthropist of organizing the nationwide protests against the country's government.

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissow

However, no politician goes as far as Viktor Orbán with his accusations. In June, for example, the Hungarian prime minister emphasized in one of his weekly interviews on the government-affiliated public broadcaster "Kossuth-Rádió" that he was not someone who suspected conspiracies everywhere - but they did exist. Just like that of Soros against Hungary.

Manipulative questions

Even more: Soros is also part of Orbán's "national consultation" - a manipulative campaign by the Hungarian government that has been running for almost two months. The inhabitants of the country can use a questionnaire to tick their opinion on a question that already contains the desired answer in its formulation - and which implicitly exposes anyone who answers it with no as anti-patriots or enemies of the nation.

The current "national consultation" is about a complicated Soros proposal for a financial solution to the corona-related economic crisis - the so-called open-ended bonds. The question is, "Are you rejecting George Soros' plan that would blame our home for an unpredictably long time?" Previously it was claimed in three sentences that Soros' proposal would drive the European nations into "generation-long, eternal interest payments and debt slavery".

In Hungary, the majority believe Orbán

Opinion polls in Hungary show how entangled the narratives about Soros are: A large majority of the people in the country see the stock market billionaire as a downright negative figure who exerts a harmful influence. Even more: Many Hungarians have proven to believe false and invented things about Soros.

Before the Hungarian parliamentary elections in 2018, around two-thirds of voters were convinced that the US billionaire would run for a party with his name - although this party does not exist and Soros never participated in a Hungarian election or even campaigned in Hungary Has.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán

What are the main Soros narratives? And what is it about them?

Nazi collaborator?

George Soros was born on August 12, 1930 to wealthy Jewish parents in Budapest. His family survived the Holocaust with forged papers and sometimes in hiding. Hungarian media close to the government repeatedly report on the "speculator who collaborated with the Nazis" and who plunged into misfortune or cheated other Jews.

In fact, at the time in question, Soros was a 14-year-old teenager. At times he was only able to survive disguised as the godson of an official from the Ministry of Agriculture who, among other things, inventoried confiscated Jewish property. Soros himself reported about this in a 1998 CBS interview - although he does not say in it that he had in any way helped the officer in question; he was a child who wanted to survive.

Nevertheless, the narrative about the Nazi collaborator persists in Hungarian government-related circles - it goes back to the German right-wing extremist conspiracy theorist Andreas von Rétyi, whose book about Soros was published in 2016 in Hungary by a government-affiliated publisher and a year later by a spokesman for Orbán's Fidesz party was praised as a "thorough, precise work".

Arrival of Hungarian Jews in Auschwitz concentration camp in June 1944

The speculator who plunges millions into misery?

George Soros was one of the inventors of high risk investment strategies more than half a century ago. His greatest success, which made him famous around the world, was currency speculation against the British pound, through which a company he managed earned almost a billion dollars in a very short time in 1992. That is why Soros is referred to in Hungary, also by Orbán personally, as a speculator who plunges millions of people into misery.

Indeed, the crash of the British pound on September 16, 1992 has a complex history that created political, social and economic discrepancies long before Soros and other investors made money from it. Soros himself has meanwhile developed into one of the sharpest critics of modern financial capitalism and its excesses and calls for strict regulation of the financial markets.

Schizophrenia?

Many critics accuse him of schizophrenia since he continued to earn billions from stock market transactions until his private retirement as an investor. There has also been criticism that the funds with which Soros works are registered in tax havens or that he does not pursue a more sustainable investment strategy such as the Norwegian state fund.

At the same time, Soros donated most of his private wealth to his charitable foundations. One of his mottos is: "I like to earn a lot of money and then spend it on good causes."

George Soros at the World Economic Forum in Davos 2019

The "puller of the world's background power"

George Soros has supported the anti-communist opposition in Hungary since the mid-1980s and founded the first of his "Open Society Foundations" (OSF). Today, the foundations for the promotion of the open society are active worldwide primarily in the areas of democracy promotion, human rights, education and health , in total, they have spent around fifteen billion dollars so far.

Since the OSF also supports numerous non-governmental and civil rights organizations that see it as their task to control governments and to point out social grievances, many rulers refer to Soros as a "puller and leader of a world background power" who activates his "network of agents" if necessary and attack national governments. This is also Orbán's narrative, who was once a Soros scholar himself, like most of his party friends from the early days of Fidesz.

However, the "Soros Network" is an invention. In Hungary there are hardly any non-governmental organizations that are financed exclusively by the OSF. There is no political-ideological accountability of donors to Soros or its foundations. The OSF itself is described by experts and connoisseurs of the NGO scene as one of the most transparent large foundations.

Is Soros planning a population exchange in Europe?

Since the refugee crisis in autumn 2015, the Hungarian government has been claiming that George Soros wanted to bring millions of Muslim refugees to Europe and that he was planning a population exchange. Prime Minister Orbán calls this the "Soros Plan" and has already held consultations across the country on several occasions.

A Hungarian police officer patrolled an internment camp for asylum seekers in 2017

The allegations are based primarily on an article by Soros himself on the migration crisis from September 2015, in which he calls, among other things, for an orderly and fairly distributed admission of one million refugees per year. He later revised this number to 300,000 per year and also called for better protection of the EU's external borders - the latter also demanded by Orbán.

The details of the "Soros Plan", which the Orbán government repeatedly presents, are simply falsehood: milder penalties for criminal migrants, tens of thousands of euros in welfare for refugees or the Europe-wide forced resettlement of migrants - all of these are demands that Soros never will has raised.