Skip To Content
We’ve Taken Down the Forward Paywall: An Open Letter to Our ReadersRead Now
Fast Forward

George Soros Sees Vision Of Liberal Democracy Slipping Away

George Soros has dedicated his life and wealth to promoting liberal democracy, a cause, he told New York Times Magazine, he fears he is losing.

Soros, the billionaire investor and philanthropist around whom swirl countless conspiracy theories, shared the threats to his vision, including the rise of Donald Trump and the growing strength of right-wing populist parties in Western Europe. Under Vladimir Putin (who made a snide comment about Soros at a recent joint press conference with Trump in Helsinki), Russia has reverted to autocracy, and Poland and Hungary are moving in the same direction.

A major donor to Democratic candidates and progressive groups, he is watching nationalism grow, barriers erected. During his financial career, he had become a “strange sort of expat anticommunist revolutionary,” the magazine wrote.

He admitted that he faces the possibility that his life goal, helping to create a world that embraces ideas like government accountability and ethnic tolerance, will end in failure.

“I’m standing for principles whether I win or lose,” Soros said. But, “unfortunately, I’m losing too much in too many places right now.”

Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.