August 9, 2017 by John Bruce Leonard
A Window Through, Part III
WE HAVE TWICE now made reference to a certain “gentleman” in our all-too-brief investigation of the migrant crisis, and we have not done so idly: we wish neither to make vague and ungrounded accusations against this man, nor to lay the entirety of the blame for an immense and complex phenomenon on his shoulders. He is interesting to us as exemplar, as a merest (if paramount) indication of what is happening “below the surface”; he is interesting to us as a window through the morass, the fog, the confusion, which surrounds these matters.
The man in question is one George Soros. Up until recently it might have been supposed that most people would not know of him, and that most of those who had heard of him, would know him as an extraordinarily wealthy philanthropist of the first order, and as a tireless defender of the “open society” a là Karl Popper (who was, incidentally, one of his teachers). This rosy ignorance is beginning to change; the “populists” are starting to speak of him with a certain disdain, those who love Europe and would see Europe return to her roots begin now to anathemize him, and even certain politicians, such as Matteo Salvini in Italy and Viktor Orbàn in Hungary, have begun to indicate, in dark references here and there in their speeches, the man’s more ominous side. As far back as 2012 Glenn Beck put together a lengthy exposé on the man, which (despite a certain irritating exaggeration of rhetoric and a certain vulgar alarmism which could do nothing but wound his message in the long run) is well worth seeing. A much shorter and more pointed reference can be found in a 1998 interview which Soros granted to 60-minutes—and which Soros subsequently sought to suppress. (Let it be a measure of his influence that he was not altogether unsuccessful in this.) We may briefly summarize the man thus: George Soros is a brilliant and cold entrepreneur who has succeeded in rendering himself wealthy beyond imagining (he is the twenty-second wealthiest man in the world as of Forbes’ reckoning this year) through very questionable means.
Now, to begin, we must note that Soros’ interest in migration, his support for it both through words and through quantities of private donations and investments, is demonstrable. He has written numerous articles on the question, and since the beginning of the European migrant crisis in 2014-2015 he has become yet more vociferous, calling for at least one million immigrants per year into Europe’s shores “for the foreseeable future,” and even exhorting (not to say commanding) Europe to financially aid the migrant crisis in non-European states like Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. In 2016, he joined with Mastercard to create the pleasantly named “Humanity Ventures” (all Soros’ manifold of “humanitarian” organizations have such agreeable titles) through which a nice $500 million dollars are to be funneled into the crisis—naturally, in the encouragement of the migrant flow, and for the good of the migrants themselves. He has been a major funder of the very NGO’s which have lately been running their human trafficking routes down to Libya. The question becomes—why?
Why does a man of Soros’ evident perspicacity and intellect knowingly support a process which will clearly lead to a destabilization of the social and the political fabric of the entirety of Europe? Why does a man who speaks out constantly in favor of “rights” and “freedom” and “open societies,” seek now to infiltrate the entirety of Europe with innumerable individuals who hold the the most closed, sexist, and authoritarian Islamic vision of society and politics? Why does a man, who has made knowledgeable reference to the “panic” caused by so much immigration, wish to diffuse that panic in such a way that it must surely arise later on in a more acute and more ineradicable form? What could he possibly hope to gain? (For, in case it need be said, a man like Soros does nothing without an eye to profit.)
We will never comprehend this if we do not pause a moment to take the wider view. George Soros, this great benefactor of humanity, is also the man personally responsible for the overthrow of governments in Georgia and Yugoslavia, revolutions in states like Ukraine, and the collapse of national banks and currencies like the Thai, the Indonesian, and the British. (He is famously known as the “man who broke the bank of England,” which until that moment had been thought invincible.) His actions in this connection have directly led to the chaos of states and the financial ruin and suffering of countless individuals, while he himself has but profited most handsomely. And this but begins to scratch the surface of the influence that this man wields in governments and extremely powerful circles across the globe.
All of this will seem to many readers most improbable and little enough credible. It will be considered that I have perhaps made reference to “fake news”—for really, is it not unthinkable that a private individual, no matter how wealthy he might be, should wield such power in the world? I will respond that such individuals do exist, that there are many more of them than we think, and that at present the best protection these individuals possess for their unearthly power, their extraordinary influence, their atrocious ambitions, is the silence and incredulity which surrounds their actions, and the degree to which normal people refuse to look these matters square in the face. I can do nothing more here than implore my readers to pursue this matter a little by their own lights, to see to what extent I am really exaggerating the matter. I suspect they will find that, if anything, I have been somewhat modest in my claims so far.
Men like George Soros are chaos-feeders; they make enormous profits both financially and spiritually from high-level confusion. We are speaking of a man who has through the willful inciting of political and social upheaval made such earnings that one is hard-pressed even to conceive of them. To believe that a man like this is suddenly now bending his entire will upon altruistic “philanthropic” work is but the height of naïveté.
Well enough; but what has all this to do, then, with immigration? But simply everything. The men, the organizations, the groups which are primarily responsible for foisting these waves of unwanted migrants on the European people—the same individuals and groups which fund and protect and facilitate the work of ferrying these migrants from Africa and establishing them here in in the West—these individuals and groups coincide strikingly with the very segment of extraordinarily wealthy and potent figures who have spent their lives profiting from the maelstrom. I name but one other of these chaos-feeders: Goldman Sachs, the behemoth “finance company” which has had its hand in a wide range of economic crises, including (as is well-known) the housing bubble which caused the 2008 global financial crisis, but also (as is far less known) the Greek default and even the Great Depression. (Incidentally, so far as the Greek default goes, George Soros is not without his connections even here.) And most curiously, this same Goldman Sachs, or those connected to it, is now agitating for immigration, and is working through its connections with such “humanitarian” organizations as Doctors without Borders (they even have a member of Goldman Sachs on their advisory board!). And if anyone at all believes that Goldman Sachs or like institutions are interested in philanthropy, in donations, in the welfare of migrants or Europeans generally—well, for such a person as that, I am afraid I really lack the words.
And here is the point. I have mentioned but two of the elements in this scheme; there are, alas, many, many more—and a great many of them who play their game in a similar “tone.” We are living at present in a Europe whose future is being dictated by powers which in the past have fomented the dissolution of order and thrived from the same. We are speaking of individuals who have definite views about the future of the globe itself, individuals who promote, among other things, a single world state—with they themselves, no doubt, as the powers behind the throne. They can attain their ends through no better means than by thrusting the present political and social orders into utter turmoil—by means of, for example, economic crises or migrant crises or what have you—so that new orders and powers can be established on the rubble. It is really not beyond imagining that these chaos-feeders might well be seeking even now to compromise the present political orders of Europe and America.
This is extreme; it might be too extreme. It might be that the organizations and the individuals involved in all of this are counting merely on some roundabout personal profit to come from who can say what aspect of the migrant crisis. But even if this is true, does it not already say everything that we have arrived at the point that the very future of Europe, the very demography and social makeup of Europe, is being determined by persons who have no interest in anything beyond turning a dollar?
In one way or another, this much is clear: in our reaction against these powers, in our battle against them, we must do everything we can to avoid playing into their hands. Often enough, and for clear and valid reasons, the ire of the anti-immigration forces turns against the migrants themselves. In some cases this is inevitable, and will be increasingly inevitable as the years go by—for by our differences in custom, in manner, in lifestyle and worldview, we cannot be anything but adversaries to these people. But our quarrel with them is but incidental, and insofar as we take it to be central, we are but playing the pawns to the powers that have brought these foreigners among us. The more that we ourselves bring turmoil upon our own streets and our own lands, the closer we shall move toward thrusting the entirety of society into an unrest and disease which cannot help but issue to the favor, not certainly of our people, nor even of the migrants, but rather of these wealthiest shadow-figures among us who are awaiting this chaos precisely, to begin their feeding.
Yet it is equally clear we cannot sit back and do nothing; for if we are but passive, the day will come when the descent into that chaos will be unstoppable. We must work, as much as we can, through the few political avenues still open to us. It is still to be hoped that certain politicians—like Matteo Salvini, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders—really would seek in all sincerity to battle this problem with the powers at their disposal, and an already-arrived politician like Viktor Orbàn proves that this hope is not frivolous. I confess I hold out less hope for the United States; but, straining the limits of one’s optimism, it could happen that the arrival of Donald Trump to the throne, as it were, has opened certain possibilities for future candidates to the presidency; may be that we shall see one of these terms the advent of at least the shadow of a real American statesman.
That is all little enough to hope for, but for the moment we have nothing more. It would be well for those who have talent for such things, to agitate directly against the individuals I have mentioned, as well as others like them—to attempt to bring their sins to “public awareness” (as foolhardy a task as that might sometimes seem, given the nature of the masses and the exceedingly compromised quality of our press). Above all, we ourselves must seek to perceive, as clearly as we can, what is to be found on the other side of this window through—to comprehend, insofar as we are able, the precise aims and plans of the individuals who presently, more than anyone else, rule the West today, and who are as actively seeking its utter disintegration. For only as we know what they want and how they intend to get it, may we adequately begin to plan our action against them.