“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Opaque George Soros

Investor Business Daily has an interesting Soros Report:
The Soros Threat To Democracy

By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Monday, September 24, 2007 4:20 PM PT

Democracy: George Soros is known for funding groups such as that seek to manipulate public opinion. So why is the billionaire's backing of what he believes in problematic? In a word: transparency.

George Soros & Exclusive Series

How many people, for instance, know that James Hansen, a man billed as a lonely "NASA whistleblower" standing up to the mighty U.S. government, was really funded by Soros' Open Society Institute , which gave him "legal and media advice"?

That's right, Hansen was packaged for the media by Soros' flagship "philanthropy," by as much as $720,000, most likely under the OSI's "politicization of science" program.

That may have meant that Hansen had media flacks help him get on the evening news to push his agenda and lawyers pressuring officials to let him spout his supposedly "censored" spiel for weeks in the name of advancing the global warming agenda.

Hansen even succeeded, with public pressure from his nightly news performances, in forcing NASA to change its media policies to his advantage. Had Hansen's OSI-funding been known, the public might have viewed the whole production differently. The outcome could have been different.

That's not the only case. Didn't the mainstream media report that 2006's vast immigration rallies across the country began as a spontaneous uprising of 2 million angry Mexican-flag waving illegal immigrants demanding U.S. citizenship in Los Angeles, egged on only by a local Spanish-language radio announcer?

Turns out that wasn't what happened, either.

Read the rest...


  1. George Soros, man has the courage of his convictions. On the firing line, well, a distance to the rear in a bunker.
    A cash machine
    But not unmatched.

    It is the nature of a Global Empire to draw moths to the flame of power.
    When decisions made in DC effect the markets in Zurich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Syndey, London, Paris & New York.

    A Global power draws global players
    Intrigues and corruptions, personal and corporate.

    Soros and his crew, playin' the game, well within the lines.

  2. "A large number of organizations owe their existence to the generosity of one of the richest men in America, Richard Mellon Scaife...Officials of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, acknowledged that Scaife is a far larger contributor than Joseph Coors, whose name has been the only one mentioned in most press reports on the group.

  3. dRat,

    If you read a little about Soros, you’d know how ironic your words are.

  4. His conviction for insider trading in Europe was upheld, right? Why haven't we extradited the crooked, commie sonofabitch, yet?

  5. He’s much worse than a sonofabitch, Rufus. Much much worse.

  6. When he busted the Bank of England.

    He's a premier Boner.

    One of the bunch, left or right

  7. Two parts of the Patriot Act ruled unconstitutional.

    Federal judge doing his job, walking a fine line.

  8. Soros is an evil that has learned to make money from blood in the streets. And that’s the worst kind of evil.