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Mogul George Soros has become a vocal advocate for world refugees.
now wants to help refugees by integrating them with Blockchain technology. So,
each immigrant can have their own money, and Blockchain can now keep tabs of
how much they need to spend in each country they are travelling to. This
integration will protect the refugees from being robbed of the little they
Hungarian government posters portraying
financier George Soros in Budapest. The caption reads "Don't let Soros
have the last laugh." Are decorating the buses in urban and rural centers
in 2017. I included have received a
letter from Viktor Orban manipulating the pictures and words, to dilute Soros’
·Hungarian government launches "national
consultation" about billionaire George Soros.
·The government accuses Soros of wanting to dismantle
border fences and open borders to refugees and funding EU campaign to get his
·Eight million Hungarians will be sent a questionnaire
about Soros' views.
The Hungarian government is attacking billionaire financier
George Soros for what it claims are his efforts to bring millions of refugees
Hungary-born American hedge-funds ex-manager, Soros, a Jewish
Holocaust survivor, says the national attack amounts to a
"conspiracy" against him.
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has repeatedly attacked
what he sees as the EU's pro-refugee stance. He and his party have dubbed
efforts to settle refugees within the bloc the "Soros plan," as he
believes the billionaire has pulled strings behind the scenes to orchestrate
Soros is the subject of a "national consultation" in
his native Hungary, which alleges that he is conspiring with the European
Commission to bring one million refugees a year into Europe. Eight million
Hungarian citizens will be sent a questionnaire including questions about
Soros' alleged plot. Actually I have received one of his letters too.
the Financial Times, which has seen the document, the paper
contains seven accusations against Soros, including that he supports
"dismantling border fences and opening borders, ensuring milder criminal
sentences for immigrants" as well as saying he wants to publicly attack
and punish countries that oppose immigration.
posters in Hungary.Reuters/Laszlo
reports that the leaflet says: "The goal of the Soros plan is
to diminish the importance of the language and culture of European countries in
order to make the integration of illegal immigrants happen sooner."
"In advance of the April 2018 elections, the consultation
serves to divert the public’s attention from pressing domestic issues,
including challenges facing the education and healthcare systems," the
Adverts promoting the campaign have appeared on Hungarian TV and
billboards bearing Soros' face, alongside the slogan "Don't let Soros have
the last laugh," have appeared around the country over the last few
Soros has been an advocate of allowing the resettlement of
refugees in Europe since the beginning of the European migrant crisis in 2015.
In a 2016 article for his charity, the George Soros Foundation, Soros said:
"The EU must take in a substantial number of refugees directly from
front-line countries in a secure and orderly manner."
The article, titled "Saving Refugees to Save Europe,"
argued that the European Union should also make "a commitment to admit
even a mere 300,000 refugees annually."
However, Soros has denied doing anything more than publically
advocate for refugee rights. A spokesperson said:
"There is no such thing as a global conspiracy against
Hungary orchestrated by George Soros. We regret that the government is spending
over $3 million of public money to play on instincts of fear and hatred to
manipulate Hungarian voters six months ahead of the parliamentary
now wants to help refugees by integrating them with Blockchain technology. So,
each immigrant can have their own money, and BC keeps tabs of how much they
need to spend in each country they are travelling to.
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In George Orwell’s bleakly prophetic novel, 1984,
Oceania’s totalitarian regime strives to mobilise popular support by holding up
the figure of Emmanuel Goldstein as a mortal threat to the state and its
He was the primal
traitor…all treacheries, acts of sabotage, heresies, deviations, sprang directly
out of his teaching. Somewhere or other he was still alive and hatching his
conspiracies: perhaps somewhere beyond the sea, under the protection of his
foreign paymasters…He was the commander of a vast shadowy army, an underground
network of conspirators dedicated to the overthrow of the State.
Unlike Goldstein, George
Soros has never been a close associate of Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor
Orbán, or of the ruling Fidesz party – although he was a generous benefactor to many
prominent figures in Fidesz, including Orbán, in the early years of Hungary’s
transition from communism. However, like Goldstein, Soros is conveniently
identifiable as Jewish. And, like Goldstein, he can be portrayed as the personification of
various – largely fictive – threats to the state. As unscrupulous propagandists
have always known, it is far easier to persuade people to hate or fear an
individual or a specific group, identifiable by reference to such factors as
religion, ethnicity or social origin, rather than an abstract set of ideas such
as Bolshevism or liberalism.
In 1984, the
enmity directed towards Goldstein was intitutionalised. It took the
form, in part, of a daily televised broadcast of Two Minutes Hate that
always cast Goldstein as the “principal figure”. Over the past few weeks in
Hungary the enmity manifested by the government towards George Soros has also
been institutionalised. However, unlike in Oceania, in which Big Brother and
the Party acted with comparative decorum and restraint, the hate campaign
against Soros in Fidesz-ruled Hungary has not been limited to
two minutes of undisguised loathing each day.
The first phase of a
country-wide poster campaign against Soros was sponsored by Fidelitas,
the youth wing of Fidesz. It made use, knowingly or otherwise, of a vicious
anti-Semitic trope much favoured by Germany’s National Socialists in the 1930s.
The poster portrayed Soros as a puppeteer with,
somewhat implausibly, the leader of Hungary’s opposition Socialist Party or
MSZP, László Botka, as his hapless marionette.
In a fresh set of
posters, funded by the government, a photo of a grinning Soros has been
displayed next to the caption: “[d]on’t let Soros have the last laugh!” In
smaller letters the posters state that “99% reject illegal immigration”. The
implication of the posters is clear; Soros is cast as a malign, powerful and
manipulative (Jewish) figure who is actively supporting mass “illegal
immigration” into Europe, with potentially disastrous consequences for the
continent, including Hungary.
Fake news and libels
There are several
problems with these posters that, for reasons that remain unclear, are being
abruptly removed by the
authorities at the time of writing. First, in referring to “illegal
immigration”, the posters deliberately blur the important distinction
between economic migrants and refugees fleeing
persecution. These are separate phenomena that have entirely different ethical,
as well as legal, implications.
Second, the figure of
99%, referred to in the posters, is grossly misleading. It reflects the level
of support for the government’s position amongst those Hungarian voters who
took part in a referendum, held in October last year, on an EU proposal to
resettle a modest number of asylum seekers in Hungary. Despite a
lavishly-funded government propaganda campaign, in the run-up to the
plebiscite, only 43.9% of the electorate bothered to vote, rendering the
referendum both legally invalid, under Hungarian law, and politically
embarrassing for the Fidesz government.
Third – and crucially –
the poisonous Fidesz-led attacks on Soros, comprising government-funded
advertisements broadcast on public radio as well as the poster campaign,
inevitably evokes disquieting historical memories, particularly in Eastern
Europe. Much of the region has a long and painful history of anti-Semitism that
reached a bloody climax in World War Two. It has been estimated that
450,000 Hungarian Jews perished in the
Holocaust. At the very least, Fidesz’s anti-Soros campaign, which has been as
distasteful as it has been deceitful, risks worsening anti-Semitic sentiment in
Despite bland and
frankly implausible government assurances that the crude and relentless attacks
on Soros have nothing to do with his Jewish roots, the campaign invokes a
number of classic anti-Semitic tropes. The advertisements, repeated at regular
intervals on popular public radio stations such as Petőfi Rádió,
accused Soros of wielding vast influence and of deliberately seeking to
undermine Europe’s nation states by advocating large-scale immigration.
It scarcely needs
stating that there is not a scintilla of evidence to support the government’s
contention that Soros is motivated by a malicious desire to subvert ‘European
values’ or to threaten the sovereignty or cultural integrity of nation states
such as Hungary. In fact, Soros’s views on the refugee crisis facing Europe are
well known; they are explicitly founded on liberal,
cosmopolitan principles. These include a belief in the humanitarian necessity
of relieving the distress of refugees, confidence in the capacity of Europe’s
citizens to live in harmony with people from other cultural, religious or
linguistic backgrounds and a conviction that Europe’s demographic and economic
problems could be significantly alleviated by admitting just three hundred
thousand refugees per year.
Enemies of the nation
The libels hark back to
the Protocols of the Elders of Zion,
one of the most outrageous yet durable examples of anti-Semitic propaganda. The
Soros campaign also evokes ideas – virtually indistinguishable from those found
in the Protocols – that have been articulated by an
influential Hungarian author, Cécile Tormay, in An Outlaw’s Diary,
first published in the aftermath of World War One. A mediocre writer but a
tireless peddler of anti-Semitic myths and fantasies, Tormay
accused Jews of fomenting strife and anarchy around the world in accordance
with a secret masterplan for
government’s attacks on Soros are grounded in Prime Minister Orbán’s
increasingly desperate strategy of identifying and, if necessary, inventing
‘enemies’ of the nation. Like the relentless campaign against Goldstein
in Orwell’s Oceania, which was both a means of bolstering support
for the Party from the masses and of distracting them from the unpalatable
realities of their daily lives, Orbán and Fidesz badlyneed Soros.
Without him or, more accurately, without the image of Soros that has been
painstakingly fabricated by Orbán and his political allies, the Hungarian
electorate might focus, instead, on the multiple and manifest failures of the
presided over by Prime Minister Orbán, since 2010, has triumphantly succeeded
in eroding democracy and the rule of law, as noted by Jan-Werner Müller, Matthijs Bogaards and
numerous other scholars.
However, Orbán has failed to significantly improve
living standards, to tackle rampant corruption, to halt worrying levels of
emigration by mostly young and highly educated Hungarians who represent a
massive loss to the economy, or to tackle the increasingly serious problems
besetting health care and
education. For Orbán, the anti-Soros campaign is simply a means of shoring
up his domestic political support and of maximising his party’s prospects of
success in general elections to be held in 2018.