In The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror , George Soros addresses current threats of nuclear proliferation, global warming, terrorism and the breakdown of international cooperation. As a “stateless statesman,” Soros is uninhibited by the need to temper his message to suit partisan politics. He describes how he feels the U.S. has lost direction as a beacon of good governance, and his fear that Americans are believing their own rhetoric and myth making in defiance of the facts that will shape the future
George Soros is a philanthropist, financier and philosopher. He is chairman of Soros Fund Management and chairman of the Open Society Institute (OSI). His network of philanthropic foundations is active in more than 50 countries, and currently spends approximately $400 million annually to support projects in education, public health, civil society development and economic reform.
Soros is the author of numerous books, including George Soros on Globalization and The Bubble of American Supremacy. He refers to himself as “a stateless statesman”, whose goal is “to make the world a better place”. His articles and essays on politics, society and economics regularly appear in major newspapers and magazines around the world.
Born in Budapest, Hungary on August 12, 1930, Soros survived the Nazi occupation of Budapest and left communist Hungary in 1947 for England, where he graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE). While a student there, he became familiar with the work of philosopher Karl Popper, who had a profound influence on Soros’ thinking and, later, on his professional and philanthropic efforts.
In 1956, Soros moved to the United States, where he began to accumulate a large fortune through an international investment fund he founded and managed. The billions he made anticipating seismic changes in the financial markets are now his base in trying to change the world. He became active as a philanthropist in 1979 when he began providing funds to help black students attend Capetown University in apartheid South Africa. During the 1980s he funded Eastern European dissidents and organizations including Solidarity in Poland and Charter 77 in what was then Czechoslovakia. These efforts and those of new foundations that he has created are dedicated to building and maintaining the infrastructure and institutions of an open society.
George Soros was interviewed at Kentucky Author Forum by John D. Podesta, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress. Podesta has held a number of positions on Capitol Hill, and served as Chief of Staff to President Clinton from October 1998 to January 2001. He also served in the President’s Cabinet and as a Principal on the National Security Council. Along with his work at the Center for American Progress, he is a visiting professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Podesta is considered one of Washington’s leading experts in technology policy.