The Open Society and Its Enemies is a creature of philosophy which was conceptualized and put down in writing during the Second World War by Karl Popper. The book’s thesis hints at the terrible failure of totalitarianism, fascism, nationalism, collectivism and romanticism to prescribe healthy international human interactions. The proponent of the philosophy of open societies explained that, in line with the concept of liberalism and enlightenment, no single society ever unearthed the supreme truth. He prescribes that the world embrace different societies living peacefully under the governance of laws which foster democracy and allow minority groups to air their opinions as freely as majority groups without any fear or coercion. The biggest achievement that the book ever made, and other works of Karl Popper on open societies, was perhaps to convince liberal billionaire George Soros into the persuasion of founding the Open Society Foundations.
The Open Society Foundations
The Open Society Foundations was founded earlier than 2010 when it branded itself as the OSF from the Open Society Institute. It is the biggest philanthropic organization that the world has ever had. Despite the fact the Gates Foundation spends more money than it: the Open Society Foundations reaches more people, in more countries, and in a more determinable manner. The international grant making network supports civil society groups financially all across the world. The prerequisite that most of the beneficiary activist and lobby groups have to fulfill is to support just causes that seek to advance democracy and justice, education, public health and freedom of speech.
Some of its biggest foundations in Africa include regional foundations like the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.George Soros is the main donor to the foundation. He is famed as one of the most generous men in the world because, in his lifetime, he has given out over 12 billion dollars to charity. He has been a major donor to the Democratic Party but still, his political contributions are personal and negligible to what he gives to the Open Society Foundations. Yet, despite his heavy giving, Soros has remained a financial powerhouse who has grown the Soros Fund Management to make his worth rise to 26 billion dollars.
It’s worth noting that the foundation has had more than just money injected to it by the business magnate, he also gives it direction. The tycoon is set to leave his vast estate to the foundation and is currently overseeing its restructuring to ensure it becomes his perpetual legacy; his life on earth after his death.George Soros first came into contact with Karl Popper’s philosophy at the London School of Economics. He related with the content of the philosopher’s papers and books because he had witnessed political intolerance first hand under the Nazi occupation of Hungary under which the Soros family barely escaped with their lives.