In Defence of Open Society: George Soros’s worldview laid out

Book review: Insight into how billionaire thinks liberal democracies should work

George Soros: Orbán running a ‘mafia state’ in Hungary. Photograph: Oliver Hoslet/AFP/Getty

George Soros: Orbán running a ‘mafia state’ in Hungary. Photograph: Oliver Hoslet/AFP/Getty

The impact of a political decision can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.

George Soros discovered this as a 14-year-old running messages across Budapest for the Jewish Council during Hungary’s Nazi occupation in 1944. As the 89-year-old Hungarian-American Jewish philanthropist aptly puts it in the opening pages of In Defence of Open Society “in abnormal times the normal rules don’t apply.”

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