George Soros in his own words

A few days ago I discovered a documentary about George Soros from 1994, with Pál Bodor (1930-2017), the Transylvanian Hungarian poet and writer, as narrator. I was impressed with the George Soros who emerges from these interviews, and I asked Richard Field of The Budapest Beacon whether he would be willing to subtitle the video in English.  He kindly agreed, and here is the first half of the documentary. Thank you, Richard, I really appreciate it.

I will be interested in your reactions.

 

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Karl Pfeifer
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Thank you Éva for this fascinating interview. I share it on my FB page.

Jan Hink
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And this was in the nineties… What foresight!

exTor
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“Ezért kell (mondjuk) egy olyan kormány, amit le lehet váltani.” [16:21] That’s why it’s necessary to have that government that can be voted out. When Soros said the above, I recalled the new cylinders signing Budapest with their “A nép nem betiltható, de a kormány leváltható.” truths, and it occurred to me that perhaps Georgie boy is behind the antiOrbán signage. “The people cannot be denied; governments can be removed.” It was amazing to relisten to George Soros with the added understanding that the subtitles now provided. I could not believe that he, in 1994, was not talking about the Viktor Orbán of two decades later. In talking about open societies and closed societies, he stated that the latter, such as the countries that then had emerged from Yugoslavia, would have to create external emergencies (in order to fight) to maintain control of their own societies. When Soros gave those interviews, Orbán had yet to come to power for the first time [1998]. For all Soros then knew, Orbán was still a good guy. My opinion about Soros did not change after reseeing the video. I will have to go over again some points that he made, something about certain… Read more »
Guest

This interview is really interesting, even fascinating (Haven’t watched it all yet …)!

The errors in the subtitles are not a big problem, but one stands out:
Soon after the beginning the text says that “in 1947 at age 26 …” – that’s obviously nonsense, George Soros was 16 years old at the time, that’s a relevant point imho!

PS:
With this fake fact we might get back to that point wher loonies claimed that he was a nazi officer in WW2 …

Guest

That error about Soros’s age being 26 in 1947 ist still there!
This really should be corrected imho.

Michael Kaplan
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Eva, thank you. I have been remiss in not contributing $$ for your fine newsletter. Please send me details on how to do this. Great interview. I have “George Soros’s” dad’s autobiography next to me as I write this! Nagyon fontos interview! Michael Kaplan, Portland, Oregon MLKAP@earthlink.net

exTor
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Check the ‘DONATE’ button at the top of this page.

MAGYARKOZÓ

Susan Gal
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The video is no longer available, the screen is blank and there is either an English or German language apology. What happened? I would love to hear and see this. Please check on this and re-post the video. This is a great favor you are providing! Thank you

Member

The video shows George Soros to be a good-natured, good-humored man, very far from being full of himself, or impressed by, or trying to impress with his success, wealth and, yes, power. In 1994 what is coming to a head now in Hungary and Poland was already underway. Soros does not claim to have a solution, though he is betting his money (literally) on the “open society” notion, which means a liberal, pluralistic democracy with a heart. To see this decent, humane, generous and modest person while the images of Anna Bayer’s trip from Ferihegy airport to Budapest drift by — those vile posters with which the truly odious monster, Viktor Orban, tries desperately to demonize Soros — make for an unforgettable mid-2017 experience, but a bitter one (even if Soros is right that individuals die but nations survive). Thanks, Éva, for drawing our attention to it.

wrfree
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Insightful interview of Mr. Soros who for some is the ultimate bogeyman and scapegoat of all the ills of the world.
A man of character and integrity.

Doesn’t seem to take himself overly seriously and in another way shows a deep introspection which impacts his views of life and the world. Looks a ‘man for all seasons’. He understands what it means to have a ‘vocation’.

Ferenc
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Thanks.
Looking forward for the 2nd part.

Observer
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Guys,

Let me remind all that GS was one of the top five (many years the top) fund managers, flagship Quantum set a record of 25+ years 15%+ growth.

In order to achieve such stellar global performance one has to deeply understand economy, finantisl markets, politics, psychology, etc.

Remember that GS spent hundreds of millions to support EE projects, incl. disidents and new DEMOCRATIC instition.
Thats why the fascists hate him.

wrfree
Guest

Sure. All it really comes down to is relationships to ‘doors’ and their function. Illiberalists, fascists , communists etc etc who want the whole political gig in their pockets love the ‘closed’ door. Makes the job easier.

Istvan
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Soros was very folksy in that interview, he played to his Hungarian audience. One would have thought that that the major influence on his life was his own father, which is not the case at all. For example his professor at the London School of Economics Karl Popper and even the American socialist Michael Harrington played significant roles in forming his vision of an open society. In his book The Bubble of American Supremacy which is the most interesting book he has written admits this about the USA: “…the American model, which has indeed been successful, is not available to others, because our success depends greatly on our dominant position at the center of the global capitalist system, and we are not willing to yield it.” But he never recognizes that his own wealth was in good part facilitated by our global military power and is due to that very supremacy. While there is much to admire in Mr. Soros, his fundamental lack of American patriotism is not one of those things from my perspective. As much as he attempts to present himself as a globalist, he is every bit the American capitalist. Neither he nor his multimillionaire sons have… Read more »
exTor
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Why am I not surprised at your attitude that George Soros does not show requisite fealty to American imperialism? His accumulation of supercapital had nothing to do with the US and could just as easily have happened anywhere.

His political perspective is rare amongst the superrich and is a welcome antidote to those like the Koch brothers, major Republican supporters. Soros is far to the right of my own political position, however.

Perhaps you should consider how your country’s attempts to “maintain [and to extend] US hegemony [for its capitalists]” has created misery around the world, such as the current Middle East refugee crisis, István.

MAGYARKOZÓ

nagypetertibor
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An initiative : https://www.petitions24.com/nobel_peace_prize_to_george_soros
Your signatures are welcome, it will be closed only in September!

exTor
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Great initiative. George Soros is a far-better choice than Barack Obama, who got it in 2009, the first year of his presidency. BO then put the lie to the Nobel Peace Prize by outdoing George Bush 10fold in drone strikes. Read up on the number of fatalities as a result.

https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/stories/2017-01-17/obamas-covert-drone-war-in-numbers-ten-times-more-strikes-than-bush

Obama won it because he was the first nonwhite US president. He was also the first prez with a nonAngloSaxon name. As for Hillary Clinton, she likely would have been worse than BO regarding drone strikes were she to have gotten in as the president. We’ll see about the Donald.

If Soros wins the Nobel, it would take the piss (to use a Brit saying) out of the Viktor, which would come at a perfect time: a half year before the 2018 Hungarian national election.

When he wins it, Soros should donate the prize money to a refugee organization. For him, 1½-million dollars [US] is mere chumpchange.

MAGYARKOZÓ

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