Back in the 1960s, with America’s black ghettos exploding into violence, the architects of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society argued that the best way to stop the rioting would be to pump money into the ghettos. George Soros now offers a globalized version of the same argument. He states that the best way to fight terrorism is to pump money into impoverished regions of the world where terrorism tends to flourish.
In his 2002 book George Soros on Globalization, Soros explains that, in a global capitalist system such as ours, which concentrates wealth and power in the hands of a few, we must expect that some, “people may rebel against the system” by forming groups such as Al Qaeda. Rather than “repressing” such rebellions after the fact, Soros recommends “removing the root causes” of terrorism, such as “poverty, ignorance” and the like. This will cost money, of course. The ICIC will provide that money, and people like Soros will decide how to put that money to use, channeling much of it into lucrative “public/private partnerships” in troubled parts of the world. In fact, it is precisely through the manipulation of such “public/private partnerships” that Soros became the 28th richest man in America. Small wonder that he would wish to expand and empower the global lending system which he spent his entire career learning how to exploit. Soros knows better than most the multitude of opportunities a global welfare state could provide for global social workers like himself to do well by doing “good.”
Indeed, George Soros on Globalization reads, in some parts, like a resumé, in which Soros argues that his qualifications uniquely suit him to play a personal role in implementing the global programs he proposes. Regarding his call for a reorganization of international financial and trade institutions (IFTI’s), Soros writes, “I believe I have some unusual qualifications for this project. I have been a successful practitioner in global financial markets, giving me an insider’s view of how they operate. More to the point, I have been actively engaged in trying to make the world a better place. I have set up a network of foundations devoted to the concept of open society. I believe that the global capitalist system in its present form is a distortion of what ought to be a global open society. I am only one of many experts on financial markets, but my active concern with the future of humanity sets me apart from others.”
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