Question: What do you call a Palestinian radical that thinks George Soros’ involvement in US left politics is germane to a discussion of movement objectives?
Well if you’re notorious Twitter nuisance, shameless liar and justifiably failed citizen journo Taryn Fivek, you call them a nazi. Or, rather, you suggest it by noting that their perfectly innocuous tweet about movement goals has been faved by an alt-right account.
Does anyone else find this vehement smearing of anyone raising questions about Soros’ involvement in US left politics odd? I mean, look at Fivek in the whole conversation here, so invested in shutting down debate that she shows no reluctance to appear extremely dumb, condescending, evasive and underhanded. It’s almost like being a fucking asshole is her job.
Let’s cut the shit, again. Soros involvement in Left politics, including Black Lives Matter and now the anti-Trump protests by way of his support for MoveOn, isn’t a theory. It’s an established fact. People who scoff at this are outing themselves as either complete ignoramuses or professional trolls. That there are anti-semitic theories about Soros as leader of a Jewish conspiracy is entirely irrelevant to the discussion, apart from its utility to creeps like Fivek, weirdly invested in shutting people up with guilt by association.
The left critique of Soros is really quite simple and reasonable: he makes considerable investments in US “progressive” politics and, as a billionaire, is uniquely positioned to shape the movements and organizations he contributes money to. These political commitments in the US must be assessed against his lengthy history of funding destabilization campaigns in other countries, particularly against socialists in Eastern Europe. It’s abundantly clear that a principled Left politics is not what drives him, as his recent alliance with fascists in Ukraine dramatically shows. Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford argues here that, in relation to African Americans, Soros and pals’ aim is to “transform leftish activist organizations into loyal, dependent annexes of the Democratic Party.” The objective is containment, not liberation.
Since the Soros Fund was Hillary Clinton’s fourth largest donor, his involvement in the Love Trumps Hate fest that erupted immediately after the election certainly merits the scrutiny of anyone who is neither a billionaire nor a fan of Hillary Clinton or her party. To say this is not to diminish the legitimate concern of many of the protest participants. In fact, it works against they’re being exploited. It is also entirely irrelevant that Trump scum are pointing fingers at Soros also, unless it’s also anti-semitic by association to oppose the TPP or to feel good about Clinton’s ruin. This should all be obvious, but thanks to a political environment dominated by upper middle class ignoramuses, social climbers and outright trolls like Fivek, even the obvious is up for grabs.