George Soros has experienced multiple forms of government that have shaped his view on the topic. When Soros lived in Hungary, he lived through the imposing threat of Stalinism, but since migrating to America, he has been part of a democracy.
Here are six quotes that illuminate Soros' view on governments:
"As I discovered, there is a great deal of similarity between a boom-bust process in the financial markets and the rise and fall of the Soviet system."
– "The Alchemy of Finance: Reading the Mind of the Market," published in 1987
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"The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States. [This idea] happens to coincide with the prevailing opinion in the world. And I think that's rather shocking for Americans to hear."
– First sentence: "The Age of Fallibility: The Consequences of the War on Terror," published in 2006. Following sentences: Newsweek interview
, June 2006
"After the collapse of the Soviet Union, there was a brief moment when the United States emerged as the undisputed leader of the world. But it abused its power. Under the neocons, who argued that the United States should use its power to impose its will on the world, President George W. Bush declared ‘war on terror’ and invaded Iraq under false pretenses.”
– "The Tragedy of the European Union: Disintegration or Revival?", published in 2014
"It is the power of attraction — soft power — that ensures the stability of empires. Hard power may be needed for conquest and self-protection, but the hegemon must look after the interests of those who depend on it in order to secure their allegiance instead of promoting only its own interests."
– "The Tragedy of the European Union: Disintegration or Revival?"
"I have made it a principle to pursue my self interest in my business, subject to legal and ethical limitations, and to be guided by the public interest as a public intellectual and philanthropist. If the two are in conflict, the public interest ought to prevail. I do not hesitate to advocated policies that are in conflict with my business interests; I firmly believe that our democracy would function better if more people adopted this principle."
, June 2011
"The natural resources sector has the potential to generate billions of dollars in revenues that can be used for poverty reduction and sound investment. For decades, however, management secrecy has allowed corruption to thrive in countries, such as Angola, Cambodia, and Guinea."
– For the Financial Times
, March 2011
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