Much has been said lately about George Soros. Glenn Beck has made Soros a near constant topic of conversation on his radio program, and Beck did a multi-part exposéof Soros on his television show just this past week. With his recent injection of cash into Media Matters for America, Soros managed to keep himself in the headlines.
It’s worth digging in and learning more about George Soros. After all, he’s the man whose father changed the family surname from Schwartz to Soros to hide their Jewish heritage and thus avoid the Nazis. Soros bankrolled Czechoslovakia’s “Velvet Revolution” and claims to have aided in regime change in Georgia, Croatia, and Yugoslavia. He engineered the financial speculation that, in 1992, “broke the Bank of England,” earning a cool billion dollars for himself in the process. And he’s the man who is worth an approximate $13 billion and uses staggering amounts of that money on radical Leftist causes and organizations. His story has all the makings of a terrific movie (at the very least he’d be a great James Bond villain), if it weren’t for the fact that his latest antics are happening right here in the United States.
We know Soros as the sugar daddy behind such organizations as the Center for American Progress, Media Matters, the late Air America Radio, Think Progress, People for the American Way, and Sojourners. We know him as the architect of the “Shadow Democratic Party,” the sort of man-behind-the-curtain organization of the Democrats today and responsible in many ways for Barack Obama’s election. Soros’ Open Society Institute is the gateway to funding for these and many other Leftist organizations.
While there are plenty of groups and funds who are recipients of Soros’ money that are commonly known, there are even more that are not talked about often, but are equally insidious. Many of these groups sound benign on the surface, and they hide their radical agendas behind a patina of respectability. The following is a list of five organizations who are lesser known as recipients of George Soros’ funding. You may have heard of some of these groups (I know you’ll have heard of at least one), and you may be surprised at the vast reach of Soros’ financial influence.
1. The YWCA
On the surface, the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) seems like an odd organization to be a beneficiary of George Soros. After all, the YWCA conjures up images of a totally innocuous sister organization to the YMCA, sponsoring recreational opportunities and summer camps for kids and athletic facilities for adults. However, the YWCA has taken on a dangerous femisogynistic agenda for nearly a hundred years. As Kimberly Schuld put it:
For many of us, the YWCA represents a health club or the sponsor of a girl’s basketball team. The YWCA is a national and international network of more than 300 affiliates, and boasts that it is the nation’s largest provider of battered women’s facilities and developed the first child care programs in the United States. But the YWCA is up to much more than caring after the needs of battered women and lonely children.
A good look at the YWCA reveals a much more political Leftist organization, much of which is paid for with your tax dollars. Although it was socially progressive from the beginning, the YWCA was not exactly the radical force it is today.
So, how did this organization become Soros-worthy? It all started, as many things did, during the Progressive era in the early 20th century. Not long after its incorporation in 1907, the YWCA began to carry the mantle of the feminist agenda and the radicalism that often went along with it, advocating minimum wage laws and promoting the concept of what we now call sex education.( At that time, sex education meant little more than teaching young people about the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases.)
As the century wore on, the YWCA picked up increasingly radical agendas, joining in the push for more graphic sex education and taxpayer-funded abortion on demand and against abstinence education and school choice measures. The YWCA teamed up with other radical feminist organizations like the National Organization for Women and Martha Burk’s infamous National Council of Women’s Organizations to promote Leftist policies and “Fight the Right.” After 9/11, the YWCA called for “tolerance” toward radical Islam and supported a number of anti-war and bald-faced anti-Israel causes. It’s clear how far leftward the YWCA leans these days and how they could be Soros-approved.
2. The Ploughshares Fund
Another group benefiting from George Soros’ considerable financial backing is the Ploughshares Fund. Founded in 1981, the Ploughshares Fund is committed, at least on the surface, to “investing in security and peace worldwide.” Presumably, the fund derives its name from the Biblical reference in Micah 4:3, which reads (in the New International Version):
He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
Ploughshares Fund’s website boasts:
We are the largest grantmaking foundation in the U.S. whose exclusive mission is peace and security funding. In past the 29 years, we have given over $60 million to the individuals and organizations whose efforts have the greatest impact.
Through our grants and advocacy we have:
• Convened the first-ever U.S.-Russian joint threat assessment of Iranian nuclear and ballistic missile potential. Our analysis informed the decision by the Obama Administration to cancel plans for missile defenses in Europe that did not work and did not address real threats.
• Saved a billion dollars from the 2009 economic stimulus package by supporting a coalition of groups that lobbied against including nuclear weapons in the bill.
• Jumpstarted U.S.-Russia nuclear negotiations by convening leaders and experts to generate concrete proposals for an improved partnership.
• Demonstrated definitively that a nuclear test ban could be verified, clearing the way for ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
• Supported successful advocacy to prevent the development of a new generation of nuclear weapons.
• Established innovative diplomacy with at-risk states to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
• Ensured the success of international treaties to outlaw chemical weapons and landmines.
Yet the organization, which at one time counted actor-film producer Michael Douglas among its board members is actually committed to defunding much of the United States military and thwarting American foreign policy, as shown its project, the Peace and Security Funders Group. The Ploughshares Fund opposes any efforts on the part of the United States to build a missile defense system. Additionally, its founder, Naila Bolus, is co-founder of the Women Legislators’ Lobby, a group committed to “persuad[ing] Congress to redirect excessive military spending toward unmet human and environmental needs.” It’s not hard to see why George Soros would be willing to throw large sums of money at an organization like this one.
3. Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is another one of those organizations with a pleasant-sounding name and an otherwise innocent purpose that masks a nefarious anti-Israel stance. It also happens to be another beneficiary of George Soros’ Open Society Institute.
Founded in 1981 by Dan O’Neill, Mercy Corps has helped people in 82 nations, providing over a billion dollars in aid. The organization states on its website that it:
…helps people in the world’s toughest places turn the crises of natural disaster, poverty and conflict into opportunities for progress. Driven by local needs and market conditions, our programs provide communities with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team of 3,700 professionals is improving the lives of 16.7 million people in more than 40 countries.
One of those countries is Israel. There, Mercy Corps works almost exclusively with Palestinians, and, perhaps because of their work their or perhaps because of other biases, they loudly parrot an anti-Israel attitude, placing all the blame for the conflict on the shoulders of Israel (and none on the Palestinians). Mercy Corps has pointedly laid the blame for the malnutrition of Palestinian children, the lack of adequate health care and education for families on the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and high poverty rates among Palestinians squarely at the feet of Israel, completely ignoring the responsibility of groups like Hamas and the Palestinian Authority for conditions in the region.
Discover The Networks cited three reports from Mercy Corps’ website demonstrating their blind and blatant anti-Israeli position. Interestingly enough, all three reports have been scrubbed from the organization’s website for one reason or another.
Ironically, in a blog post published last week on Mercy Corps’ site, one of the group’s senior writers discusses the idea of dispelling the preconceived notions of a particular area of the world by experiencing life in that area:
As Americans especially, we’re heavily influenced by what media shows and tells us we should think about certain countries. Those fleeting images often become our perception and experience with the world, until proven otherwise.
Oddly enough, the folks at Mercy Corps can’t get past blind hatred for Israel. I can’t help but wonder if it’s because of the hatred many of their patrons, including George Soros, have for the Israelis.
4. Independent Media Center/IndyMedia/IMC
The Independent Media Center, also known as IndyMedia or IMC, was birthed as an outlet for coverage of the anti-World Trade Organization riots in Seattle in 1999. IMC is a loose collective of journalists scattered throughout the globe offering a decidedly specific perspective on world events. According to their website:
Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth.
I have to admit that, other than the word “radical,” the concept sounds pretty attractive. However, it doesn’t take much looking around the site to realize that “radical” is the operative word at IMC. In fact, their “reporters” (and you’ll see in a minute why I put that word in quotes) create propaganda that just might make Keith Olbermann blush.
Want an example? The first couple of paragraphs of a recent article (but not too recent, as the main content of the site apparently isn’t updated that often) go something like this:
UPR: Students lower the imperialist flag from the UPR Tower
The struggle for the independence of Puerto Rico continues.
Around noon of Wednesday Sept. 22nd of 2010, a group of around 30 hooded students occupied the UPR tower with the intention of lowering the imperialist flag of the US, cut down the mast, hang a banner in homage to Juan Mari Brás, Lolita Lebrón and Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, and then take the flag to burn it in Lares the next day.
The group that calls itself the Black Hooded Commando managed to mock the campus security and carry out the majority of the objectives without there being any violent incident nor sanctions against the participants.
Other articles cover striking workers, anti-nuclear efforts, and the something called the Global Women’s Strike, which carried the headline, “Mothers Protest Family Separation, De-Valuing of Caring Work.” Still more articles are little more than calls to action in various areas of interest to radicals. You see, everything on this website deals with some kind of struggle against orderly society. IndyMedia carries with it a clear anti-American, anti-Western, and anti-capitalist bent.
IndyMedia has another unique feature: the fact that their “reporters” are actually participants in various strikes, protests, and even riots. IMC issues fraudulent press passes to anyone who requests them for a nominal fee. The fake passes offer protesters cover if they get into trouble for their radical activity. In turn, participants in these events write articles from their markedly skewed perspective. There’s a place for grassroots journalism and opinion writing these days. That’s why the blogosphere has taken off as it has for the Left and the Right. But it’s particularly despicable to arm radical protesters with bogus media credentials so that they can write propaganda, based on firsthand experience, that they pass off as “independent journalism.”
The Independent Media Center is sponsored by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. One of its largest donors is – you guessed it – George Soros’ Open Society Institute.
5. Prison Moratorium Project
Here’s another organization funded with George Soros’ money with dastardly motives, and this one is arguably the most laughable yet most dangerous at the same time. The Prison Moratorium Project is the brainchild of Kevin Pranis, who in the 1990s was the Youth Section Chair of the Democratic Socialists of America.
The goal of the Prison Moratorium Project is simple: the closing of all prisons in the United States and release of all inmates, regardless of the crimes they have committed. Why such a lofty goal? The “Social Justice Wiki” explains:
Prisons don’t work. That is the simple message of the PMP. The question that many will ask, however is this: What do you do with murderers and rapists? Whether the question is asked as a challenge or a concern, there is no one simple answer. The Prison Moratorium Project answers that question with more questions. What are the roots of the violence? How can the community responsibly hold people accountable? What are the best paths towards rehabilitation?
Let’s look into the ramifications of the prison system so you have a reason to care:
Unjust spending of your tax money. Overrepresentation of Blacks and Latinos within the system. Allocation of federal money to a corrupt system rather than to programs that benefit the people. Devastation of entire communities. Children robbed of caregivers. Perpetuation of inferiority complex. Psychological damage of those imprisoned. Focus on retainment [sic] rather than reform and rehabilitation. Generations of possible educators, thinkers, artists, and advocates enchained.
Whether you have been imprisoned or not, if you know someone in prison or if you just pay taxes, YOU ARE AFFECTED BY THE SYSTEM.We must engage ourselves in dialogue in order to dismantle the system. Through education, activism, and ceaseless protest, we will hopefully achieve PMP’s purpose and “build a future beyond prisons.”
(I keep forgetting about all the thinkers who rob liquor stores, all the educators who commit rape, and all the sculptors and composers who have yet to realize their potential because they’re too busy stealing a Cutlass. Maybe I’d care more about the prison population if I remembered them.)
There’s little offered by the group in terms of practical, workable solutions for a prison-less society, though they site one program for “holding community members accountable for domestic violence” that appears to be a cross between neighborhood watch and vigilante justice. In fact, the organization’s website looks like an innocent site offering legal advice.
Apparently, over the course of 15 years, the Prison Moratorium Project has managed to get in a lot of “dialogue,” with its director, Kate Kyung Ji Rhee featured at a Black Panther event sponsored by Leftist actor Danny Glover, and the group itself sponsoring a seminar led by the infamous Angela Davis. Fortunately, the group has delivered little more than empty rhetoric, but with a cashflow bankrolled by George Soros, the Prison Moratorium Project could well create some havoc in the future.
And there we have five groups that most of you hadn’t heard of before today, all funded by George Soros, and all sharing a decidedly radical agenda. Glenn Beck was right: if these individuals and groups get their way, we will be in big trouble.
(Author’s note: I couldn’t have written this post without the wealth of information available at Discover The Networks, which, like News Real Blog, is a project of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. DTN is an invaluable resource for learning about and understanding the Left. If you haven’t check it out before, please do yourself a favor and go there.)