Essays

Issuing Perpetual Bonds Would Show that Sunak is Serious

  • Financial Times
  • October 31, 2022
After Liz Truss’s disastrous financial performance as UK prime minister, the first task of her successor, Rishi Sunak, is to reassure markets that he is a professional. He must acknowledge the market worries about deficit spending, which were on full display in the turmoil that followed former chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s “mini” Budget.

Why I Support Reform Prosecutors

  • Wall Street Journal
  • July 31, 2022
Americans desperately need a more thoughtful discussion about our response to crime. People have had enough of the demagoguery and divisive partisan attacks that dominate the debate and obscure the issues. Like most of us, I’m concerned about crime. One of government’s most important roles is to ensure public safety.

US Democracy Under Concerted Attack

  • Project Syndicate
  • July 4, 2022
The United States has been a constantly evolving democracy ever since it was founded in 1776, but its survival as a democracy is now gravely endangered. A set of loosely interconnected developments at home and abroad is responsible for this crisis.

Remarks Delivered at the 2022 World Economic Forum in Davos

  • Davos, Switzerland
  • May 24, 2022
©2022 Bloomberg L.P. Since the last Davos meeting the course of history has changed dramatically.  Russia invaded Ukraine. This has shaken Europe to its core. The European Union was established to prevent such a thing from happening. Even when the fighting stops as it eventually must, the situation will never revert to what it was before. 

George Soros on Madeleine Albright

  • March 23, 2022
Madeleine Albright was an astute stateswoman, scholar, and a true champion for freedom and democracy. She was a trailblazer in her field. My colleagues and I at the Open Society Foundations mourn her passing today. We will miss her.

We Must Stand with Ukraine, as They Stand for Us

  • February 26, 2022
I have witnessed Ukraine transform from a collapsing part of the Soviet Union to a liberal democracy and an open society. It has faced countless acts of Russian aggression, but has persisted. Brave Ukrainians are now on the frontline and risking their lives.

George Soros on China: Remarks Delivered at the Hoover Institution

  • January 31, 2022
The following remarks were delivered at the opening of a Hoover Institution panel—China on the Eve of the Winter Olympics: Hard Choices for the World’s Democracies—on January 31, 2022. 2022 will be a critical year in the history of the world.

BlackRock’s China Blunder

  • Wall Street Journal
  • September 6, 2021
BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has begun a major initiative in China. On Aug. 30 it launched a set of mutual funds and other investment products for Chinese consumers. The New York-based firm is the first foreign-owned company allowed to do so.

Investors in Xi’s China Face a Rude Awakening

  • Financial Times
  • August 30, 2021
Xi Jinping, China’s leader, has collided with economic reality. His crackdown on private enterprise has been a significant drag on the economy. The most vulnerable sector is real estate, particularly housing. China has enjoyed an extended property boom over the past two decades, but that is now coming to an end.

Xi’s Dictatorship Threatens the Chinese State

  • Wall Street Journal
  • August 14, 2021
Xi Jinping, the ruler of China, suffers from several internal inconsistencies which greatly reduce the cohesion and effectiveness of his leadership. There is a conflict between his beliefs and his actions and between his public declarations of wanting to make China a superpower and his behavior as a domestic ruler.