Campaigns/Elections

George Soros: Only My Interests Are Public

|

Here is a spokesman for George Soros explaining his billionaire boss's disgust with Citizens United v. FEC, the 2010 case in which the Supreme Court lifted restrictions on political speech by unions and corporations:

George Soros believes the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United opened the floodgates to special interests' paying for political ads. There is no way those concerned with the public interest can compete with them. Soros has always focused his political giving on grass-roots organizing and holding conservatives accountable for the flawed policies they promote. His support of these groups [America Votes and American Bridge 21st Century] is consistent with those views.

Got that? When George Soros participates in political debates, he is advocating "the public interest." But when people with views different from his do so, they are simply pushing their own "special interests." Since Soros has always been free to spend as much of his own money as he wants on political speech, it is not surprising that he's upset when the same freedom is extended to fellow citizens who pool their resources as corporations (which include all manner of advocacy groups, not just big businesses). After all, some of those newly ungagged mouths may say things that offend Soros' sensibilities. But this is not the sort of thing you are supposed to say out loud. It takes an astonishing lack of self-awareness and empathy to assume that you have a monopoly on sincerity and public-spiritedness, that people with different opinions are not just wrong but disingenuous. We have a First Amendment to protect us from people with that mentality.

For more on the reaction to Citizens United, see my December 2010 Reason cover story.

NEXT: What's an Intersection? The Definition Can Mean Big Bucks.

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. Dare I say…CUNT?

    1. can’t understand normal thinking?

      1. Took me a minute, but I love it!

        1. Describes the fairer sex to a t.

    2. SOROCTOPUS!11!!

      JOOSZ11!!1

      1. Mary actually has a point for once. Soros is to conservatives what the Koch borthers are to progressives.

        1. Exactly. And both should be able to say whatever they want to.
          One of the difficult things about caring about freedom is that you also have to care about the freedom of people who are opposed to it.

        2. The difference between me and Soros is I don’t want to shut him up.

          1. I’d be willing to hand in my decoder ring for the privilege of shutting Soros up.

            1. I don’t want to alter the political system to shut him up.

              1. Isn’t that exactly what has happened. The political system was altered so that only those with money had free speech.
                Don’t you see the difference between one group paying others to say what he wants them to say Koch and another enabling people to publish their own ideas, Soros.
                The difference between lowlife hacks driven by greed working to a script and people supporting what they believe in.
                Liberal arts http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_arts are after the “essential for a free citizen to study”. Which I suppose would make the economic arts, the arts of greed and selfishness.

        3. I’m unaware of the Koch Brothers ever arguing that George Soros should be forcibly prevented from influencing US politics.

  2. I don’t get this guy at all.

    1. Let’s see, how to explain this… oh, I know: he’s an asshole.

      1. I feel I understand him a little better.

  3. Jacob, you monster, he CARES and you obviously don’t.

  4. It takes an astonishing lack of self-awareness and empathy to assume that you have a monopoly on sincerity and public-spiritedness, that people with different opinions are not just wrong but disingenuous.

    I strongly suspect that it has nothing to do with lack of empathy or self-awareness. I think he knows exactly what he is doing. I don’t think that Tony is the only statist who outright believes that the end justifies the means.

  5. When Soros works for the Nazis it’s like he’s helping the Jews!

    /godwin

    1. You know who else wanted to crush dissenting views?

      1. Alex Trebek?

  6. Creep dude…

    1. Creepy dude…

      Can you folks kindly add a ‘preview’ function?

      1. Yours doesn’t have the preview button right beside the submit button?

        1. It’s called sarcasm.

          1. Sorry, I’ve been over at my local paper’s website and it’s very likely that anyone of the people that comment over there would have posted that seriously.

    2. Radiohead Rules!

      1. They also refuse to play that song.

  7. What in the name of Christ is a “First Anemendamement”, after all?

    Whatever the hell it is (and it’s probably a libertardian redneck construct), it can’t stand in the way of just society having firm control over what the homosexual-lynching, child-molesting Republicants and corporate bosses say.

  8. Oh, but I’m sure none of the statists who denounce “speculators” ever joined groups financed by this asshole. Because that would be hypocritical, don’t you know.

  9. This is part of the TEAM mentality – “our billionaires are public-spirited philanthropists; their secretive billionaires are corrupt fat cats.”

    1. Progressives are infallible and unfailingly righteous; all others are vandals and animals, unworthy of trust or liberty. Don’t you GET IT?

      1. Yup!
        Progressives are inclusive. That means they exclude anyone who disagrees with them.
        They are champions of tolerance. That means they don’t have to tolerate anything that offends them.
        And don’t forget equality! That means they are equal and anyone who disagrees with them is inferior.
        No hypocrisy to see here. Move along.

        1. No hypocrisy to see here. Move along.

          —————————————

          Progressive dictionaries contain about 500 words or so, so complex and bewildering terms like “hypocrisy” aren’t known among the Enlightened Masses ™.

  10. Some pigs are more equal than others.

    1. Stop resisting?

    2. Anti-Semite.

      1. You don’t dig on swine?

        1. That’s got to be my favorite movie of all time.

        2. Only when it is slathered in spice rub and cooked low and slow over a hardwood fire (although charcoal will do in a pinch)

          1. This, plus the other 8,000 great ways to cook pig.

            I got some big, relatively fatty chops in a brine right now for tomorrow night. Mmmmm.

        3. Bacon is goood. Pork chops are goood.

      2. Only if you put lipstick on it…or something like that.

  11. Study: women using cell phones during sex.

    http://digitallife.today.msnbc…..-sex-study

    1. Does it work out just as well when they’re performing fellatio?

    2. Note to younger men whose women are doing this — if she picks up a cellphone for purposes other than role-playing with you, gently take it away from her then fling it across the room.

      Or hold her hands down while you fuck her.

      1. That’s just outright misogyny, dude. And it’s probably homophobic and racist, too. For a user on a site called ‘Reason’…!!!

      2. I double dog dare you to post that suggestion on Jezebel.

      3. Or make sure she’s talking to her mom or dad or anyone else she’d be REALLY embarrased to hear her having sex, then DON’T STOP

      4. There’s nothing more humiliating than your woman playing Angry Birds Rio while you’re pleasuring her.

    3. What? That’s got to be a joke.

    4. Maybe she’s just using the Kama Sutra app.

    5. Time to find a better hooker.

  12. We have a First Amendment to protect us from people with that mentality.

    Despite the best efforts of Team Blue and Team Red, there are still some shreds of it left.

    1. Just wait until the Asswipe-in-Chief fucks up the Supreme Court.

      1. Isn’t it already fucked up?

  13. re: Soros-

    Shut the fuck up you asshole.

    http://www.mineyourownbusiness.org/

    That is all.

  14. George Soros: douche nozzle.

  15. When George Soros participates in political debates, he is advocating “the public interest.” But when people with views different from his do so, they are simply pushing their own “special interests.”

    Penn Jillette made an interesting point about liberals (Seth Macfarlane in particular) in his new book. When liberals push a particular policy, they feel they’re putting aside their own special interests in favor of the public interest. But when other people (e.g. Tea Partiers) support the opposite policy, liberals can’t understand why those people are acting against their special interests.

    Penn described this as a “robot-killer”, i.e. a logic bomb.

    Conveniently, only rich liberals have the luxury and wisdom to act in the public interest; rich conservatives are obviously pushing special interests; poor conservatives don’t have the luxury of acting in the public interest, and too stupid to do so anyway; poor liberals have rich liberals to look out for them.

    1. Off the top of my head, it seems that there is no public interest (Rousseau’s volonte generale). Just many different kinds of special interests.

    2. Trump totally fucked up firing him and letting that weasel Clay Aiken make it to the finals.

    3. Penn Jillette made an interesting point about liberals (Seth Macfarlane in particular)

      MacFarlane is a supporter of the United States Democratic Party.[42] He has donated over $200,000 to various Democratic congressional committees and to the 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama.[93] He has stated that he supports the legalization of cannabis

      Is Obama’s view on this evolving as well?

  16. Nothing says “grass roots” like cash infusions from a Hungarian currency manipulator sugar daddy.

    Of course the right abuses the term too; really, NRA, you’re not fooling me sending those “Grassroots Action Alerts” all from the same address.

    1. It’s different when the NRA does it.

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.