Learning From Billionaires: The Philosophy Of George Soros

I am fascinated by the financial world, and by the people who succeed in it. It seems to me that many billionaires I learn about are very intellectual. They rarely follow the pack, but instead formulate their own views and then stick to their principles in the face of differing opinions. This is a very admirable trait, because very few people do it in the real world. As a society we seem to value approval and fitting in with the crowds. When I started learning about George Soros, I saw immediately that he thought for himself and that this led him to great success.

The philosophy of George Soros is like a breath of fresh air. In an article Soros wrote for The Atlantic several years ago, Soros explained that deep philosophical musings spurred him on ponder the nature of reality and truth. He tells readers that he was struggling to understand whether or not truth could be understood. Read more on nytimes.com

He used this inquiry to come to the understanding that the ultimate truth is out of the grasp of humankind. His reasoning went like this: “We live in the same universe that we are trying to understand, and our perceptions can influence the events in which we participate”. So, a fish living in water cannot learn about what it means to live in water because they are surrounded by it all of the time, ultimately. Or as Einstein said, we can’t solve a problem with the same level of understanding that created them. The way I understand this, in my own life, is that from within a dream you cannot objectively study a dream. George Soros goes on to say that this “revelation” helped him form a view of theory of history.

His unique theory on history created a clear path for him when it came to political action as well as his trading career. It seems to me that because he did so much deep thinking and finally became clear about what he believed, he was able to discern how to act in the world. Instead of being lead off point by other people’s opinions, he thought about his own understanding and used his own unique theory to devise plans of action.

Because of his views on truth, that no human can hold onto the truth and enforce it, he felt drawn to political action which supported an “open society“, as he puts it in his own writings. Soros was born in Hungary and lived through communist regimes and the Nazi party. He new first hand the atrocities of oppression. After the cold war, he began financially supporting a network of foundations across Europe that would encourage an open society structure. Read this story at Politico about George Soros.

Soros also sees threats to the open society ideal in the USA, he interjects great amounts of funding into American politics. He gives millions in support of liberal politicians, including $27 million towards defeating Bush in 2004, and $25 million to the Clinton campaign in 2016. George Soros is an incredible person to learn from because of his thoughtful insights and inspiring actions.

Gearing up for the Election Finance Reform Battle in the House

End Citizens United is a non-profit political organization, which is focused on promoting transparency and accountability in campaign funding by corporations in the US elections. Campaign finance in terms of policy and reform is still a hot debate, which has not subsided even after the intervention of the US Supreme Court. The proponents argue that corporations have a role to play in society. On the other hand, opponents are against the big money campaign spending habits encouraged by the policy.

 

Recently, the Political Action Committee, PAC, published its list of candidate to support in the House of Representatives in 2018. The endorsed candidates are all vocal advocates of campaign finance reform. Nineteen candidates from eleven states made it onto the first round list. They are poised to enjoy an extensive campaign network and resourceful support from the PAC to fight the influence of big money on democracy.

 

The PAC is focused on raising funds to support its political and advocacy activities including targeted media ads for candidates. The goal is to have them elected to office where they can help tackle the campaign finance reform. The group is opposed to big corporate donations to candidates during elections and the support for unlimited spending by super PACs.

 

The group enjoys grassroots membership, largely Democrats, with over three million active supporters. With over $4 million in the bank already in the first quarter, the PAC hopes to raise over $35 million from small donations to support the 2018 round. This is an optimistic target for the PAC as they raised $25 million in the 2016 election cycle. It was the first year the group was participating in elections.

 

However, if the aggressive fund-raising tactics they used are anything to go by, they will easily hit the target. In addition, their grassroots activism is rapidly gaining traction. They are also establishing strong relationships with campaign finance groups. Recently, the leveraged this powerful relationship to reach out to Republican senators achieving a 50-50 vote during the nomination of the Education Secretary. The Vice President, however, tipped the scales against the vote.

 

In the same year, the PAC was among the top three federal PACs enjoying a membership of more than three million. The average small donor contribution is just over ten dollars. The group employs a traditional PAC policy with individual donations capped at $5,000. Tiffany Muller, the PACs President, said small donors are excited to have the capacity to fight big money head on.

 

The battle has got closer to the frontlines since the election of the new administration, which largely supports the relaxation of campaign finance laws. House representatives are elected every two years. The current project on the table is the Democratic candidate in Georgia, Jon Ossoff. The first time candidate pointed out that the complete 2018 action plan and line-up is in the pipeline.

 

Andrea McWilliams – Noted Philanthropist And Highly Skilled Political Strategist

One of the leading ladies in the political sphere of Texas is Andrea McWilliams. She is a noted political fundraiser, lobbyist and a highly skilled strategist. Over the years, she has accumulated significant influence in the social as well as the political sphere of Texas’s politics and has helped make some positive changes. The people in the state simply love her for all the efforts she makes for the state and is famous nationwide due to her real efforts in developing the country and helping the people of her community, politically as well as socially.

Andrea McWilliams was born and raised on Congress Avenue in Texas Capitol but presently stays in a historic home with her husband and three kids in Old Enfield. Andrea has won numerous awards over the years, which further marks her talent and recognizes her efforts in improving the society through excellent management, leadership, and financial skills. In 2016, Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce gave Andrea “2016 Texas Businesswoman of the Year” award and earlier to that she also received, “Austin Under 40” award.

The role of Andrea McWilliams as a political fundraiser, consultant, and strategist is well-covered by many leading news channels and print media publications, including FOX News, CNN, BBC, NPR, Newsweek, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. She is the co-founder of the leading government affairs consultancy, McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants. She runs the company with her husband, Dean McWilliams, who is one of the co-founders too. The firm is familiar not only in the state of Texas but nationally and has clients from both the parties, Democrats, and Republican.

Andrea McWilliams, also a well-known philanthropist, was named one of the “All-Stars” in the prestigious Austin American-Statesman Fortunate 500 list. She is an active campaigner for cancer prevention and is attached to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the reputed KillCancer Initiative.