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'Soros' looks at the life and activism of the right's favorite bogeyman

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

George Soros remains a favorite target of conservative conspiracy theorists, seeing his corrupting influence behind every liberal movement and within every nook and cranny. As such, it's significant to hear directly from the 90-year-old billionaire, who speaks frankly about his life, career and activism in the new documentary "Soros."

(CNN)George Soros remains a favorite target of conservative conspiracy theorists, seeing his corrupting influence behind every liberal movement and within every nook and cranny.

As such, it's significant to hear directly from the 90-year-old billionaire, who speaks frankly about his life, career and activism in the new documentary "Soros. "

In an earlier news clip, Soros discusses his embrace of the freedom that the US offered, before adding, "To be frank, I came to America to make money. "

As allies note, Soros stands apart from much of the conservative billionaire donor class not just because of his political bent, but the fact that while he acknowledges using money to magnify his voice, he doesn't do so to benefit his interests directly.

If there's a down side to the film, it's that "Soros" probably doesn't devote enough time to the way its subject has become a favorite bogeyman to conservatives that paint him as the guiding hand behind grassroots campaigns by those intent on discrediting them.

As CNN noted in a 2018 profile, Soros' Jewish heritage, wealth and politics have fueled conspiracy theories, with his enemies frequently labeling him a "globalist," plotting to undermine US sovereignty.

Then again, the prevailing sense is if Soros didn't exist, Fox News and talk radio would have had to invent him.

Great wealth "gives you a degree of power," Soros admits, and he has clearly leveraged that to pursue the change that he seeks, not just in the US but around the world.

In an age where money talks louder than ever in politics, it's worth clearly understanding what Soros has tried to say with his.

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