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I suggest reading the "fake" article in its entirety.George Sorosâ€™ world is falling apart â€" and he blames everyone but himself
George Soros, the Hungarian-born billionaire who has meddled in politics across Europe and North America for decades, is angry. The world he campaigned for is falling apart, and now he's busy looking for leaders to indict.
According to Soros, liberal democracy is failing all across the western world. Apparently, this is because what he calls the â€œopen societyâ€ is in crisis. Now, he may very well be right about this, but pinning it on Angela Merkel seems somewhat bizarre. Especially when she is painted as being inadvertently in league with Vladimir Putin. But, nevertheless, itâ€™s the German chancellor he regards as most culpable for why voters have become disenchanted with modern democracy.
Writing in a widely published New Year op-ed, Soros traces the current European crisis back to the crash of 2008. He laments how â€œGermany emerged as the hegemonic power in Europe, but it failed to live up to the obligations that successful hegemons must fulfill, namely looking beyond their narrow self-interest to the interests of the people who depend on them.â€
Then he harks back to the 1940â€™s. â€œCompare the behavior of the US after WWII with Germanyâ€™s behavior after the Crash of 2008,â€ he observes. â€œThe US launched the Marshall Plan, which led to the development of the EU; Germany imposed an austerity program that served its narrow self-interest.â€The reason for the EUâ€™s impending doom is apparently the 2017 election cycle, where the contests in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and France will be key. In the latter, â€œthe two leading contenders [Marine Le Pen and Francois Fillon] are close to Putin and eager to appease him,â€ according to Soros.
So, now we are finally on to Putin. Soros feels that if either Le Pen or Fillon wins, â€œPutinâ€™s dominance of Europe will become a fait accompli.â€
He writes: â€œI am particularly worried about the fate of the EU, which is in danger of coming under the influence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose concept of government is irreconcilable with that of open society.â€
This is because â€œPutin is not a passive beneficiary of recent developments; he worked hard to bring them about.â€
Put plainly, the notion that Putin somehow engineered the French election to organize a contest between Fillon and Le Pen (which is still not guaranteed) is preposterous. But this is the trauma-filled world Soros now inhabits. And he goes on to make another ridiculous statement:
â€œIn a brilliant move, he [Putin] exploited social media companiesâ€™ business model to spread misinformation and fake news, disorienting electorates and destabilizing democracies. That is how he helped Trump get elected.â€
In other words, Soros thinks Putin manipulated Facebook and Twitter to win the US election for Trump.
This argument is ridiculous and makes Soros look stupid. It also suggests that heâ€™s throwing his rattle out of the pram because a few democratic decisions have gone against him. And he needs to denigrate Merkel and use Putin as a bogeyman in order to deflect any mud from himself.