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George Soros's Foundation Rings Alarm Bells Over Potential Trump 2024 Victory

Why a Globalist Agenda is Nervous About America First

Recent statements by Alex Soros, the son of billionaire philanthropist George Soros and the current leader of Open Society Foundations (OSF), have drawn attention to the organization's apprehensions about the 2024 U.S. Presidential election. In particular, the younger Mr. Soros expressed concerns about a potential win by former President Donald Trump or a "MAGA-style" Republican candidate, which he believes would undermine globalist unity and have repercussions for Europe and potentially for conflict zones like Ukraine.

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New Leadership, New Direction

Alex Soros recently authored an op-ed for Politico addressing speculations about the foundation "retreating" from Europe. In the article, he clarified that while there would be a significant reduction in headcount, OSF's role in Europe is not diminishing. Instead, the focus is shifting to meet "today’s challenges, as well as those we will face tomorrow."

Globalism vs. Nationalism

While the OSF primarily focuses on various global issues, the foundation is concerned that a victory for Donald Trump or a similar candidate would mark a significant threat to the globalist agenda. The younger Soros specifically highlighted his worries about the future of European unity and how such a Republican win could exacerbate tensions and derail diplomatic efforts, particularly in the context of the war in Ukraine.

The Ukraine Factor

In the geopolitics of Eastern Europe, Ukraine is often seen as a bellwether for broader regional stability. During his previous term, President Trump's approach towards Ukraine was one of cautious engagement, but his more recent statements have been bolder. Trump declared he could end the Ukraine conflict in 24 hours, albeit without providing substantial details. Such a promise could be interpreted as simplifying a deeply complicated conflict, potentially exacerbating existing geopolitical sensitivities. This is what Alex Soros likely referred to when he spoke of potential “undesirable outcomes” concerning Ukraine under a second Trump term.

Public Opinion and Political Donations

While public opinion in America seems to show waning interest in foreign engagement, especially in prolonged conflicts like the one in Ukraine, political spending to influence elections remains unabated. Alex Soros, in his conversation with the Wall Street Journal, intimated that OSF could invest in opposing Trump's presidential bid. Given his statement, “As much as I would love to get money out of politics, as long as the other side is doing it, we will have to do it, too,” it is evident that high-stakes political spending is considered a necessary evil.

Europe’s Shifting Landscape

Recent headlines in The Guardian and Bloomberg about OSF's "retreat from Europe" as the right wing gains ground were strongly refuted by Soros. The strategic shift, according to him, is not a retreat but a reallocation of resources to face emerging global challenges. Despite reducing the foundation's global staff by about 40%, Soros emphasized that OSF would continue to support human rights projects and democracy-building efforts in Moldova, the Western Balkans, and Ukraine.

Impact on Roma Population

Soros also signaled a "dramatic" increase in support for the Roma population in Eastern Europe. This marginalized community has often been overlooked in discussions about European policy, yet the foundation views their equitable treatment as critical to the broader goals of social justice and inclusion.

What Lies Ahead?

The Open Society Foundations, under its new leadership, is attempting to balance its broad, global objectives with the particularities of regional politics and social issues. In doing so, it is making clear where its concerns lie, particularly with the possibility of a political shift in the United States that could ripple across the Atlantic and beyond.

Alex Soros's statements indicate a heightened attention to American politics and its potential impact on global affairs. While the foundation has historically focused on issues like human rights, justice, and equality, the intrusion of American electoral politics into its strategic thinking is a sign of how interconnected, and fragile, global alliances have become.

As OSF navigates its new strategic direction, the shadow of the 2024 U.S. Presidential election looms large. Alex Soros's public expression of concern not only highlights the stakes for his foundation but serves as a stark reminder of how domestic politics can often have outsized international consequences.

Whatever the outcome of the 2024 U.S. Presidential election may be, it is clear that entities like Open Society Foundations are bracing themselves for a range of scenarios, underscoring the complex, interwoven fabric of modern global politics. Whether their concerns will materialize remains to be seen, but they certainly add another layer to the high-stakes environment leading up to the election.


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