Skip to comments.The Cult of Soros--America's most dangerous billionaire
Posted on 08/25/2006 7:02:02 AM PDT by SJackson
Has the Democratic Party become a cult? And is leftwing billionaire George Soros its guru? The chorus of hosannas with which leftwing bloggers now greet Mr. Soros silliest utterances and the faithfulness with which Democratic leaders repeat them -- suggests that the answer to both questions is yes.
Take the current Democratic mantra that, if there are terrorists in the world, George Bush has created them. This is a familiar Soros-ism. As he has done many times before, Soros decried Bushs characterization of the current global conflict as a war on terror in a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled A Self-Defeating War (8/15). According to Soros a misleading figure of speech applied literally has unleashed a real war fought on several fronts -- Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Somalia -- a war that has killed thousands of innocent civilians and enraged millions around the world .we can escape it only if we Americans repudiate the war on terror as a false metaphor.
In normal times and coming from an ordinary mortal, these would be regarded as the comments of a crackpot. After all, the Islamic jihad was on the march and killing Americans -- for twenty years before George Bush employed the metaphor. Back in 1979, the streets of Teheran were already filled with a million frenzied Muslims chanting Death to America, and the 9/11 attacks were themselves hardly in response to anything that the American president had said.
But because this judgment is the considered wisdom of a megalomaniac billionaire whose network controls the purse strings of the Democratic Party, this is now the foreign policy of the liberal opposition. When George Soros speaks, the left listens.
In a review of Soros new book The Age of Fallibility, blogger Jane Hamsher hails him as a latter-day Socrates. Hamsher is the blogger who created a minor scandal by posting a doctored photograph of Joseph Lieberman in blackface on the Huffington Post website. She writes, Challenging a false metaphor such as the war on terror is so threatening to everything the power structure of the Bush administration has been erected upon that to do so will certainly draw down the full force of the right-wing bullies Mr. Soros has done the heavy lifting and dragged the topic into the national debate
Blogger Matt Stoller of MyDD concurs. [This is] the first time a major figure took on the framework of the war on terror, and called it a false metaphor. I think hes right The war on terror just doesn't exist any more than a child's imaginary friend exists.
Like Hamsher, Matt Stoller was a leading player in the anti-Lieberman blogswarm. A long-time Democrat operative, Stoller formerly ran the Corzine Connection blog for Jon Corzines gubernatorial campaign in New Jersey. Today Stoller co-directs BlogPAC, a political action committee for leftist bloggers founded by Markos Moulitsas Zuñiga of Daily Kos.
Their connection to the anti-Lieberman campaign is, as the Marxists like to say, no accident. The Lieberman ouster and Soross role in it signify the emergence of a new phenomenon in Americas political life: the Shadow Party.
During the 2004 election cycle, Soros put together a network of organizations through which he gained effective control of the Democratic Partys campaign apparatus and thus of the Democratic Party itself in a silent coup whose ramifications are still unfolding.
Soross coup was ten years in the making. Since 1994, he had worked with a network of leftwing foundations to fund a $140-million-dollar lobbying drive in favor of campaign finance reform. The campaign succeeded in passing the McCain-Feingold Act, which, by outlawing soft-money donations, in effect de-funded the Democratic Party. As a result of the Act, the Democratic Party could no longer collect the multi-million-dollar donations from labor unions which were its lifeblood.
Soros stepped in with the Shadow Party to collect the donations instead.
Having driven the Democratic Party to the brink of bankruptcy, Soros then offered to save it. In effect, he privatized the Party, by setting up a network of privately-owned, non-profit groups which would raise the big campaign contributions the Party was now forbidden to raise itself.
In a new book, which describes Soross achievement, we call this network the Shadow Party, because it acts as a mirror image or shadow of the real Democratic Party. During the 2004 election cycle, the Shadow Party raised more than $300 million for the Democrat cause but spent the money itself. This allowed it to shape the politics of the Democratic campaign and control the partys future. Joe Lieberman now understands what that means.
David Horowitz and Richard Poe co-wrote The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Sixties Radicals Siezed Control of the Democratic Party (Thomas Nelson, 2006)
Gonna get that book!
I ordered my free copy of the book through Human Events online. I got 34 issues of Human Events magazine coming (I think it's 34 issues) and in return, they are sending the book free of charge.
Horowitz is brilliant. Soros is, uh, not.
BTW, what the hell is the WSJ doing, allowing the darkly psychotic Soros to write an op-ed? Maybe it was to expose Soros for what he realy is, but any publicity is good publicity and putting drivel like that in print just helps to legitimize the rantings of a madman.
Soros is not an American. He is a Hungarian, and a former Nazi, despite his Jewishness.
The WSJ, country-club-Republican columnists notwithstanding, is, in all other respects, every bit as left-wing as any other major newspaper.
There is an easy cure to neutralize this madman. George Soros has helped Nazis in Budapest 1944 to confiscate Jewish property. He was also member of Hungarian Nazi orgqanisation. As a naturalized U.S. citizen, it is very likely that he lied on his citizenship application about his wartime activities hiding behind his young age. His U.S. citizenship could be revoked.
Don't let creepy old rich guys run your party.
When I read the piece in the WSJ it was so dumb that it actually made the point that he was so wrong so often. Give him enough rope to hang himself ;)
I have been reading this book, and it is both frightening and infuriating. Horowitz has really made a big contribution by telling us who these people are and what they are up to. A coalition of radicals and underworld is devoted to the proposition that you wreck America by gaming the system and bankrupting it so they can take over and create some egalitarian nightmare where everyone has the same income whether they work or not. I remember 1968, their debut performance, and I do not want to see that again.
Has the Democratic Party become a cult?
And they say that the Republicans are the party of the rich. It starting to sound like the party of Clinton is becoming a country-club itself.
This should be pointed out in the press (editorials, letters to the editor, etc.) at every opportunity and we should be pointing out WHO or WHAT is funding the DNC. The more Americans are made aware of this, the less damage a criminal like Soros can do.
It's more pernicious and widespread than this article would suggest. Soros fronts "seed money" to a myriad of rinkydink political websites--he doesn't make them rich, he just buys a little loyalty. He has his fingers in almost every amateur filmmaking society--he's financing dozens of independent "documentaries"--mostly unsuccessful, but taken together create a kind of chorus, or illusion of a raucous opposition. Slowly and surely, he's buying media, like a leftist Murdoch, but without a profit motive in mind.
He's laying a lot of groundwork, and he's got hundreds of millions of dollars to spend. He spent it very poorly in 2004...but he may have better people working for him this time around.
Soros' infinite money font should be looked into. Looks like he's laundering OPM like there's no tomorrow. The film connection is interersting. Read on:
July 20, 2006 Movie Execs Charged in Money-Laundering Case
Federal prosecutors say Limelight Films was a front in international drug smuggling.
By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, LA Times Staff Writers
Limelight Films seemed from the outside like so many upstart production companies in Hollywood: It had a Sunset Boulevard address, a connection to Tinseltown royalty and deals to distribute a small slate of low-budget films.
But federal authorities have alleged that the film corporation was a front for an international drug-smuggling and money-laundering operation stretching from Los Angeles to Switzerland. Limelight Chief Executive Bruno D'Esclavelles of Los Angeles and Alexandre De Basseville, an executive in a Swiss financial firm that owned the film company, were among seven men arrested June 1 as part of a two-year federal investigation dubbed "Operation Director's Cut." D'Esclavelles and De Basseville were arrested in Arlington, Va., and charged with conspiracy to distribute Ecstasy.
Authorities said they learned about Limelight from an informant and set up a sting operation in which agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration posed as Ecstasy buyers working for South American drug dealers.
The criminal complaint alleges that Limelight executives laundered $300,000 through the film company for the undercover agents. The arrests followed numerous meetings between the agents and Limelight executives, who allegedly promised to arrange the sale of half a million Ecstasy tablets, according to court documents. Neither D'Esclavelles nor De Basseville could be reached Wednesday for comment, and the number listed for Limelight's West Hollywood offices was disconnected.
Limelight's officials described their company in news releases as being at "the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry, from feature films to television, commercials, music videos, and broadcasting." The company was created out of "a desire to promote worldwide talented individuals who treasure cinema and cherish the creative spirit of Charlie Chaplin."
But Limelight's creative output has been modest, consisting of a handful of documentaries such as "The Letter: An American Town," "Somali Invasion" and the feature "The Gun."
Actress and model Kiera Chaplin, 23, the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin, serves as president of the company. Chaplin, who was once engaged to De Basseville, has not been charged with a crime. But that hasn't stopped British tabloid newspapers from using the case as headline fodder for weeks. The Sunday Mirror in London reported earlier this month that "the sexy granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin has sensationally scrapped plans to marry her mega-rich fiance after he was arrested on suspicion of drug dealing." De Basseville has often been photographed with Chaplin on the red carpets of Hollywood events.
Limelight's Chief Financial Officer David Liberman was charged with conspiracy to launder money. Also charged were Thomas Frischknecht, 26, of Switzerland, and Fabian Pruvot, 37, Andre Prikazhikov, 31, and Brian Delansky, 33, all of Los Angeles.
According to federal court documents, investigators first learned about De Basseville two years ago from an informant who told the Internal Revenue Service that De Basseville had made global investments with money laundered through Swiss banks and businesses.
The undercover agents said De Basseville told them that movies could be used to launder the money. "He stated that the dirty money goes into the movie project and comes back clean," wrote drug enforcement Special Agent James Williamson in a report contained in the court filing.
The agents met with De Basseville and several of his associates, including those charged, in Los Angeles, Miami, Virginia, Amsterdam and Geneva. Authorities alleged that the men also promised the undercover agents that they could obtain thousands of weapons, including AK47 rifles, from Russia.
"This could be the script of a Hollywood movie," said James Trump, the assistant U.S. attorney who is prosecuting the case in northern Virginia.
George soros was also recruted by the Soviet KGB to work to undermine the west.
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