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Friday, January 27, 2017

Dark Money on the Left

For John, BLUFEvery time someone says Koch to you, you should say Soros to them.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The sub-headline is "The dystopian vision of George Soros, billionaire funder of the Left".

The article can be found in City Journal (Winter 2017 Edition) and the author is Mr Stefan Kanfer.

Here is the lede plus two:

When the dust was cleared and the debris swept away, he stood revealed as Hillary Clinton’s most generous billionaire donor.  Yet his name rarely surfaced during the presidential campaign—and that’s generally the way he likes it.  Dark Money, Jane Mayer’s book about covert political funding, refers to the Koch brothers more than 300 times in its excoriation of the “radical right” but mentions progressive icon George Soros just six times; three are footnotes.

One of the planet’s richest men, his past marred with crimes and misdemeanors, the 86-year-old billionaire skates on.  More than a decade ago, he moved his financial headquarters to Curaçao, a tax-free haven in the Caribbean designed for monied hypocrites who talk one game and play another.  The place is not bulletproof; on occasion, Soros has been accused—and even convicted—of insider trading.  A French court found him guilty of that crime and levied a fine of $2.3 million. In the parlance of the billionaires’ club, that was small change.  Investigative journalists, a dwindling cadre, show little interest in him.  They prefer to scrutinize safer, softer targets.

If they took even a cursory look, though, they would see that Soros’s global reach and influence far outstrip those of the Koch brothers or other liberal bogeymen—and that underlying it all is a vision both dystopian and opportunistic.  “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order,” Soros has declared, “is the United States.”  Ergo, that constitutional republic must be weakened and its allies degraded.  The Sorosian world order—one of open borders and global governance, antithetical to the ideals and experience of the West—could then assume command.

Yes, we are talking the Koch Brothers of the Left, only more so.  One does wonder why he doesn't get the press the Koch brothers get.  Is it possible that Law Professor Glenn Reynolds is correct, reporters are Democrats with Press Credentials?

If there is action on the left, look for George Soros (and his money) in the background.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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