The parties of the left are now the parties of the wealthy

The ideological differences across the world were never better displayed than here: Financial Times Person of the Year: George Soros. And just to make sure it’s not a backhanded award because of his creepy and harmful influence, here are the FT’s own words:

The Financial Times’s choice of Person of the Year is usually a reflection of their achievements. In the case of Mr Soros this year, his selection is also about the values he represents.

He is the standard bearer of liberal democracy and open society. These are the ideas which triumphed in the cold war. Today, they are under siege from all sides, from Vladimir Putin’s Russia to Donald Trump’s America.

And if you have any doubts about which side of the fence the FT is on, then go through this at CNN: George Soros: Billionaire philanthropist the far right loves to hate.

Hatred never enters into it but fear does. The parties of the left are now the parties of the wealthy and super-wealthy. They have the money, the media and the Marxism, a formidable combination, but for the moment at least they do not have the momentum. For a different perspective from the FT, there is this: Soros an enemy of democracy. From which:

His ideological zeal to push for an open society that seeks to undermine national sovereignty and run roughshod over the will of the citizens knows no boundaries.

And he’s hardly the only one of his kind. The pages of the Financial Times are filled with them.

 

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30 Responses to The parties of the left are now the parties of the wealthy

  1. John Constantine

    Deal flow.

    Crony transnational looting socialism depends upon rationing access to deal flow to its own creatures.

    Australia is basically Pitcairn Island with a currency that can be currently be printed to excess and used for trade. Australia’s Oligarch Landsharks and their quisling orcs prefer socialising with Homo Davos Class billionaires overseas than Australians.

    The Rum Corp were gentlemen.

  2. mh

    Soros is a self-confessed Nazi collaborator. He makes no apologies and says if he wasn’t doing it someone else would be. “Like markets”. That is his justification for his modus operandi of attempting to collapse economic systems of sovereign nations and make big money doing it.

  3. Judith Sloan

    Globalism run riot.

  4. Boambee John

    Labor was founded as the party of the rural and industrial workers. Its basic philosophy was that these workers and their families had both the right and the ability to contribute to political governance.

    Labor is now the party of the tertiary credentialled (but not necessarily educated), publicly employed, inner city dwelling administrative class. Its basic philosophy is that the rural and industrial working class are not even capable of selecting their own breakfast cereal, much less contributing to political governance.

    Ben Chifley would be rather more aghast at the fate of the party he once led than Bob Menzies would be at the fate of the party he once led.

  5. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Ben Chifley would be rather more aghast at the fate of the party he once led than Bob Menzies would be at the fate of the party he once led.

    Don’t have a reference, but I have heard the claim that Ben Chifley wouldn’t even win pre-selection in today’s Labor Party.

  6. Tom

    Financial Times Person of the Year: George Soros.

    Beyond belief: the London Financial Times reserves its biggest gong for 2018 for billionaire Euroscum campaigning for Big Government and the subversion of the American democratic system, of which capitalism is the bedrock.

    How is it that 90% 0f the financial journalists outside America are communists?

  7. md

    … but for the moment at least they do not have the momentum.

    Perhaps the momentum is with us, but we, the revolting peasants, are butting up against the immovable leftist MSM, leftist government institutions and NGOs and leftist big tech.
    The Left are on the brink of killing off Brexit, and their relentless assault on the Trump presidency is sure to take its toll. Here’s the latest setback: Roberts Thwarts Trump, Sides With SCOTUS Liberals To Deny Stay In Key Asylum Case.
    We are descending into a modern-day form of feudalism, with the ruling elite using and abusing us at will, but controlling us with the power and authority of official institutions, such as the justice system, rather than armies.
    I knew the game was up for us 15 years ago, when the Howard government failed (declined) to use its senate majority to roll back the Left’s agenda. Worse, as other commenters on this blog have said, they were actually complicit in advancing the Left’s agenda.

  8. max

    Intellectuals “They know who butters their bread”.

    Power and the Intellectuals by Murray N. Rothbard
    Intellectuals would be able to use the government to restrict entry into their professions and to assume jobs in Big Government to apologize for, and to help plan and staff, government operations.

  9. duncanm

    … but for the moment at least they do not have the momentum.

    there are an increasing number of people doing to useful idiot thing, encouraged by the MSM.

    Just witness the anti-Abbott Warringah movement being pushed currently in fairfax.

  10. Muddy

    Hence why I call these people insurgents: they destroy from WITHIN their own society. They operate from positions of safety and security where they risk little, if anything. They enjoy institutional protection whilst calling themselves ‘warriors.’ Issues where they are likely to meet an acute response – which they have neither the wherewithal nor courage to deal with – such as Islam (child marriage, FGM, honour killings etc), they will never touch.
    These internal enemies CAN be fought, however the campaign requires a co-ordinated response. Thus the problem.
    Apathy emasculates.

  11. J.H.

    LOL… Soros is a socialist, not a liberal. His economic ideology is more in line with Mussolini’s fascism and Corporationalism than free markets and open societies. Anyone who funds Antifa, isn’t liberal.

  12. J.H.

    Soros is a socialist, not a liberal. His economic ideology is more in line with Mussolini’s fascism and Corporationalism than free markets and open societies. Anyone who funds Antifa, isn’t liberal.

  13. Zatara

    I guess the FT forgot about this tiny little flaw.

    Billionaire Soros Guilty Of Insider Trading

    A French court convicted billionaire investor George Soros of insider trading and fined him $2.2 million Friday.

  14. mh

    The Financial Times gives Person of the Year to an insider trader.

    🤦‍♂️🤦‍♀️

  15. mh

    Consider what multibillionaire banker David Rockefeller wrote in his 2002 memoirs:

    “Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”

  16. Sunni Bakchat

    Not only is the FT now a left wing rag. The Economist is also on the bandwagon (recently advocating for a second Brexit referendum). Then there’s the AFR.

    The weak mindedness of these publications is astonishing. They aren’t fooling anyone.

    Is it a coincidence Murdoch is doing supremely well with The Australian, Fox News Channel and The Wall Street Journal?

    Be assured those managing money only read the FT, Economist and AFR to find out what stupid people think. Its difficult to get through them without moaning in disgust at their recurrent stupidity. One can only think they are targeting a millenial demographic who would consider the journalism stimulating, refreshing and familiar.

  17. Squirrel

    “He is the standard bearer of liberal democracy and open society.”

    The vanity and short-sightedness of this is almost beyond belief. The foundations of liberal democracy, and the openness which it enables, are being destroyed by these posturing twits. One can almost excuse those who are so fantastically wealthy that they, and their progeny, are completely insulated from the damage that their policies are doing to “liberal” democracies. It is somewhat more difficult to be quite so forgiving to those lower down the scale who are busily selling out their countries.

  18. H B Bear

    Worse than the Magic Negro’s Nobel Peace prize or Wayne Goosesteen’s Treasurer of the Year. The only award that has any credibility left is the Gold Logie, particularly when awarded to Grant Denyer who is a true star.

  19. manalive

    Since 1990 the left – right dichotomy has lost any meaning or at least is irrelevant.
    The developing division of society is citizens vs big government (Brexit, Yellow Vests etc.); historically the Left happen to have been the parties identified with big government but that is an oversimplification.
    “… The functions of the State will be much more than merely keeping the ring within which the competitors will fight. Our social and industrial laws will be increased. There will be more law, not less; more control, not less …” (The Forgotten People Robert Menzies on 22 May, 1942).
    He was as good as his word.

  20. max

    manalive
    #2891234, posted on December 23, 2018 at 6:49 pm
    (The Forgotten People Robert Menzies on 22 May, 1942).
    He was as good as his word.

    “for Sir Robert the great thing about holding supreme political power was to hold it. Questions of principle or political doctrine mattered only secondly, if there was a choice to be made between survival and principles. In the process of holding supreme power, Sir Robert had to throw out virtually every major tenet of the “spirit of 1949”. For him it is clear the price was worth paying. He survived as Prime Minister for 16 years, didn’t he?”

  21. Tim Neilson

    “… The functions of the State will be much more than merely keeping the ring within which the competitors will fight. Our social and industrial laws will be increased. There will be more law, not less; more control, not less …” (The Forgotten People Robert Menzies on 22 May, 1942).
    He was as good as his word.

    You’ve got to remember that he was speaking at a time when the waterside workers were deliberately sabotaging Australia’s defence against invasion, and being allowed to get away with it.
    I agree, though, that by today’s standards Menzies had far too much faith in the institutions of government. But in his defence they hadn’t been corrupted anywhere near as much then as they have been now.

  22. mh

    My encounter with George Soros’s bright-eyed missionaries left me deeply disturbed

    Why am I not surprised that the billionaire George Soros has decided to give £400,000 to the anti-Brexit crusading group Best for Britain? Because, since the 1980s, Soros has acted as if his considerable wealth entitles him to influence and alter the policies of governments throughout the world.
    Soros believes that if the people voted the wrong way, he is entitled to thwart decisions made by them. From his perspective, the vote for Brexit was a big mistake, which needs and can be fixed by a well-financed propaganda campaign such as Best for Britain.
    Soros does not believe in the legitimacy of borders nor in the authority of national electorates. Consequently he feels entitled to influence and if possible direct the political destiny of societies all over the world. Today it is the future of Britain; tomorrow it might be Italy or Hungary that will be the target of Soros’ largesse.
    The problem with Soros is not that he is rich. The rich, like the poor, are entitled to act in accordance with their political views. However, there is something morally wrong when a single individual seeks to use his wealth to alter the will of millions of people who constitute the electorate. It is even worse when an oligarch is able to exercise significant influence over the future of a society that he is not a part of.
    My most memorable experience with the Soros operation occurred in May 2013. I was invited to speak at an event funded by one of his foundations in Budapest. This meeting of the Open Society Youth Exchange was attended by NGO activists from many parts of the former Soviet Republics and Eastern Europe.
    Most of those in attendance were smart, idealistic young people who appeared to be committed to making the world a better place. My only concern with the gathering was it regarded its participants as a group of democratic missionaries, who would go back to homes to spread the good word.
    It was later during lunch at a plush Budapest hotel that I encountered the full force of the arrogant ethos promoted by the Soros network of organisation. At my table I listened to Dutch, American, British, Ukrainian and Hungarian representatives of Soros NGOs boast about their achievements. Some claimed that they played a major role in the Arab Spring in Egypt. Others voiced their pride in their contribution to the democratisation of the Ukraine. Some bragged about their influence in preparing the ground for the overthrow of the Gadafif regime in Libya.
    I set quietly and felt uncomfortable with a group of people who so casually assumed that they had the right to play God throughout the world. At one point, the head of the table – a Hungarian leader of a Soros NGO – asked me what I thought about their work. Not wishing to offend, I quietly remarked that I wasn’t sure whether the external imposition of their idea of democracy on the people of Libya was legitimate nor that it would work. Without a second’s hesitation, my interlocutor rounded me with the response: “I don’t think that we have the luxury of waiting until the Libyan people come with their own Jefferson!”
    To this day I remember the haughty tone with which she lectured me about performing the role of the American democrat, President Jefferson. I remain taken aback by the arrogance with which I was informed that if the Libyans were too slow to get their democratic act together, a Soros-linked foundation would step in to be their Jefferson. The disaster that unfolded in subsequently in Libya is in no small measure due irresponsible western actors playing the role of Jefferson.
    Since my encounter with the would-be Jeffersons, I learned that criticism of Soros is not allowed. The revelation of Soros’ financial support for Best for Britain has led some of his supporters to denounce their critics as anti Semitic. The cause of fighting anti-Semitism is ill-served by such opportunistic use of the term.
    As someone who lost most of his Hungarian Jewish family in the Holocaust I am appalled by baiting critics of Soros as anti Jewish. Let me assure them: probably the only unobjectionable feature of the biography of George Soros is that he happens to be Jewish.
    FIRST PUBLISHED: DAILY TELEGRAPH, 8 FEBRUARY 2018.
    http://www.frankfuredi.com/article/my_encounter_with_george_soross_bright_eyed_missionaries_left_me_deeply_dis

  23. mh

    My encounter with George Soros’s bright-eyed missionaries left me deeply disturbed

    Why am I not surprised that the billionaire George Soros has decided to give £400,000 to the anti-Brexit crusading group Best for Britain? Because, since the 1980s, Soros has acted as if his considerable wealth entitles him to influence and alter the policies of governments throughout the world.
    Soros believes that if the people voted the wrong way, he is entitled to thwart decisions made by them. From his perspective, the vote for Brexit was a big mistake, which needs and can be fixed by a well-financed propaganda campaign such as Best for Britain.
    Soros does not believe in the legitimacy of borders nor in the authority of national electorates. Consequently he feels entitled to influence and if possible direct the political destiny of societies all over the world. Today it is the future of Britain; tomorrow it might be Italy or Hungary that will be the target of Soros’ largesse.
    The problem with Soros is not that he is rich. The rich, like the poor, are entitled to act in accordance with their political views. However, there is something morally wrong when a single individual seeks to use his wealth to alter the will of millions of people who constitute the electorate. It is even worse when an oligarch is able to exercise significant influence over the future of a society that he is not a part of.
    My most memorable experience with the Soros operation occurred in May 2013. I was invited to speak at an event funded by one of his foundations in Budapest. This meeting of the Open Society Youth Exchange was attended by NGO activists from many parts of the former Soviet Republics and Eastern Europe.
    Most of those in attendance were smart, idealistic young people who appeared to be committed to making the world a better place. My only concern with the gathering was it regarded its participants as a group of democratic missionaries, who would go back to homes to spread the good word.
    It was later during lunch at a plush Budapest hotel that I encountered the full force of the arrogant ethos promoted by the Soros network of organisation. At my table I listened to Dutch, American, British, Ukrainian and Hungarian representatives of Soros NGOs boast about their achievements. Some claimed that they played a major role in the Arab Spring in Egypt. Others voiced their pride in their contribution to the democratisation of the Ukraine. Some bragged about their influence in preparing the ground for the overthrow of the Gadafif regime in Libya.
    I set quietly and felt uncomfortable with a group of people who so casually assumed that they had the right to play God throughout the world. At one point, the head of the table – a Hungarian leader of a Soros NGO – asked me what I thought about their work. Not wishing to offend, I quietly remarked that I wasn’t sure whether the external imposition of their idea of democracy on the people of Libya was legitimate nor that it would work. Without a second’s hesitation, my interlocutor rounded me with the response: “I don’t think that we have the luxury of waiting until the Libyan people come with their own Jefferson!”
    To this day I remember the haughty tone with which she lectured me about performing the role of the American democrat, President Jefferson. I remain taken aback by the arrogance with which I was informed that if the Libyans were too slow to get their democratic act together, a Soros-linked foundation would step in to be their Jefferson. The disaster that unfolded in subsequently in Libya is in no small measure due irresponsible western actors playing the role of Jefferson.
    Since my encounter with the would-be Jeffersons, I learned that criticism of Soros is not allowed. The revelation of Soros’ financial support for Best for Britain has led some of his supporters to denounce their critics as anti Semitic. The cause of fighting anti-Semitism is ill-served by such opportunistic use of the term.
    As someone who lost most of his Hungarian Jewish family in the Holocaust I am appalled by baiting critics of Soros as anti J*wish. Let me assure them: probably the only unobjectionable feature of the biography of George Soros is that he happens to be J*wish.
    FIRST PUBLISHED: DAILY TELEGRAPH, 8 FEBRUARY 2018.
    http://www.frankfuredi.com/article/my_encounter_with_george_soross_bright_eyed_missionaries_left_me_deeply_dis

  24. mh

    My encounter with George Soros’s bright-eyed missionaries left me deeply disturbed

    Why am I not surprised that the billionaire George Soros has decided to give £400,000 to the anti-Brexit crusading group Best for Britain? Because, since the 1980s, Soros has acted as if his considerable wealth entitles him to influence and alter the policies of governments throughout the world.
    Soros believes that if the people voted the wrong way, he is entitled to thwart decisions made by them. From his perspective, the vote for Brexit was a big mistake, which needs and can be fixed by a well-financed propaganda campaign such as Best for Britain.
    Soros does not believe in the legitimacy of borders nor in the authority of national electorates. Consequently he feels entitled to influence and if possible direct the political destiny of societies all over the world. Today it is the future of Britain; tomorrow it might be Italy or Hungary that will be the target of Soros’ largesse.
    The problem with Soros is not that he is rich. The rich, like the poor, are entitled to act in accordance with their political views. However, there is something morally wrong when a single individual seeks to use his wealth to alter the will of millions of people who constitute the electorate. It is even worse when an oligarch is able to exercise significant influence over the future of a society that he is not a part of.
    My most memorable experience with the Soros operation occurred in May 2013. I was invited to speak at an event funded by one of his foundations in Budapest. This meeting of the Open Society Youth Exchange was attended by NGO activists from many parts of the former Soviet Republics and Eastern Europe.
    Most of those in attendance were smart, idealistic young people who appeared to be committed to making the world a better place. My only concern with the gathering was it regarded its participants as a group of democratic missionaries, who would go back to homes to spread the good word.
    It was later during lunch at a plush Budapest hotel that I encountered the full force of the arrogant ethos promoted by the Soros network of organisation. At my table I listened to Dutch, American, British, Ukrainian and Hungarian representatives of Soros NGOs boast about their achievements. Some claimed that they played a major role in the Arab Spring in Egypt. Others voiced their pride in their contribution to the democratisation of the Ukraine. Some bragged about their influence in preparing the ground for the overthrow of the Gadafif regime in Libya.
    I set quietly and felt uncomfortable with a group of people who so casually assumed that they had the right to play God throughout the world. At one point, the head of the table – a Hungarian leader of a Soros NGO – asked me what I thought about their work. Not wishing to offend, I quietly remarked that I wasn’t sure whether the external imposition of their idea of democracy on the people of Libya was legitimate nor that it would work. Without a second’s hesitation, my interlocutor rounded me with the response: “I don’t think that we have the luxury of waiting until the Libyan people come with their own Jefferson!”
    To this day I remember the haughty tone with which she lectured me about performing the role of the American democrat, President Jefferson. I remain taken aback by the arrogance with which I was informed that if the Libyans were too slow to get their democratic act together, a Soros-linked foundation would step in to be their Jefferson. The disaster that unfolded in subsequently in Libya is in no small measure due irresponsible western actors playing the role of Jefferson.
    Since my encounter with the would-be Jeffersons, I learned that criticism of Soros is not allowed. The revelation of Soros’ financial support for Best for Britain has led some of his supporters to denounce their critics as anti Semitic. The cause of fighting anti-Semitism is ill-served by such opportunistic use of the term.
    As someone who lost most of his Hungarian J*wish family in the Holocaust I am appalled by baiting critics of Soros as anti J*wish. Let me assure them: probably the only unobjectionable feature of the biography of George Soros is that he happens to be J*wish.
    FIRST PUBLISHED: DAILY TELEGRAPH, 8 FEBRUARY 2018.
    http://www.frankfuredi.com/article/my_encounter_with_george_soross_bright_eyed_missionaries_left_me_deeply_dis

  25. Empire 5:5

    He is the standard bearer of liberal democracy and open society. These are the ideas which triumphed in the cold war. Today, they are under siege from all sides, from Vladimir Putin’s Russia to Donald Trump’s America.

    Any individual of average intelligence, if so inclined and approaching the task with a critical mind, could falsify this claim very quickly.

    Soros is the master of the big lie. The FT is now openly celebrating the tyranny of paid propaganda.

  26. LGS

    I have seen leftists seriously argue on message boards that (left wing) governments know what is best for the bourgeois and mere peasants, and we have no right to question their judgment or decisions.
    Needless to say, their rules for conservative and right wing governments are a complete U-turn!

  27. PB

    “Let me assure them: probably the only unobjectionable feature of the biography of George Soros is that he happens to be J*wish.”

    Would he be doing what he’s doing with the rapturous support and applause of the “Left” if he was an Eskimo? Nice try at de-coupling, but no.

  28. LGS

    I am reminded of the woman on Andrew Bolt’s blog who claimed that Andrew was an “anti-Semite”, on the grounds that he was a critic of George Soros!
    This, despite the fact that you’ll find few more vocal supporters of Israel and Jews generally, than Andrew Bolt.
    I guess that says a lot for rational debate or logic from leftists like that woman (who, on the other hand, I wouldn’t mind betting, is a BDS supporter!), who argue that because you are a critic of one particular Jew, it automatically makes you an anti-Semite.
    Does that mean if you hate Tony Abbott or Bill Shorten, it automatically makes you anti-Australian?

  29. Crossie

    Today it is the future of Britain; tomorrow it might be Italy or Hungary that will be the target of Soros’ largesse.

    Eastern Europeans are very wary of Soros at present and blocking the work of his NGOs. The rest of Europe and the world would do well to learn from them. President Orban of Hungary is particularly hostile to their work and good on him.

  30. egg_

    The parties of the left are now the parties of the wealthy

    Particularly Greens voting Doctors wives.

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