The right-wing demonization of George Soros really has to be seen to be believed. Bill O’Reilly is a master of it. It comes up all the time in drug policy debates, with some drug warriors inventing quite astounding conspiracy theories. (“George Soros supports drug legalization because he hopes to make billions trading cocaine as a commodity.” No, really.)
You’d think that Soros’s strong anti-Communism would at least somewhat blunt the force of the wingnut attacks, but no such luck. Here’s the Washington Times:
He has poured hundreds of millions into the former communist bloc. The former Soviet empire has thus become the Soros empire. Mr. Soros has worked behind the scenes to destabilize and influence governments such as Croatia, Slovakia, Serbia, Georgia, Kosovo and Ukraine.
Beck makes the same “charge” in his latest ravings. That’s right: Beck and his friends regret that Soros helped liberate Eastern Europe, and then helped build the institutions that have so far kept it free.
It’s an old observation that Leninists, while accusing liberals of being soft on fascism, actually hate liberals far more than they do fascists, since the liberal viewpoint is far more alien than fascism to the Leninist viewpoint. The same seems to be true of some of the wingnuts who accuse liberals of Communist sympathies.
David Horowitz and other Leninists-turned-wingnut help illustrate the point; while swinging from left to right, they remain constant in their hatred for fair-mindedness, reasoned discourse, the rule of law, and individual liberty.
It’s true: they hate us for our freedom.