Interesting to compare this donation by George Soros with the donations made over the years by the Koch brothers:
The billionaire financier George Soros is giving $100 million (£65 million) to America\’s leading human rights organisation in a move that will enable the group to massively expand its operations around the world.
Worth applauding, certainly, as were his earlier donations to various open society organisations across the newly free Eastern European and Soviet states a decade and more ago.
Just one thing though: the Koch brothers have been roundly condemned in certain circles for donating some of their cash (and it\’s difficult to see that their money, garnered from industry, smells more than Soros\’, garnered as it is from speculation in financial markets) into the political and think tank system of the country they inhabit.
Soros is donating into the political and think tank systems of countries where he is not an inhabitant or citizen.
So which way around does this work? Donating at home is evil because you\’re trying to influence the politics that affects you? Or donation imperialism is worse, using your money to tell Johnny Foreigner how they should act?