Left-wing billionaire?s own experts dominate quiet push for ?a grand bargain that rearranges the entire financial order?
On April 8, a group he?s funded with $50 million is holding a major economic conference and Soros?s goal for such an event is to ?establish new international rules? and ?reform the currency system.? It?s all according to a plan laid out in a Nov. 4, 2009, Soros op-ed calling for ?a grand bargain that rearranges the entire financial order.?
The event is bringing together ?more than 200 academic, business and government policy thought leaders? to repeat the famed 1944 Bretton Woods gathering that helped create the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Soros wants a new ?multilateral system,? or an economic system where America isn?t so dominant.
More than two-thirds of the slated speakers have direct ties to Soros. The billionaire who thinks ?the main enemy of the open society, I believe, is no longer the communist but the capitalist threat? is taking no chances.
Thus far, this global gathering has generated less publicity than a spelling bee. And that?s with at least four journalists on the speakers list, including a managing editor for the Financial Times and editors for both Reuters and The Times. Given Soros?s warnings of what might happen without an agreement, this should be a big deal. But it?s not.
What is a big deal is that Soros is doing exactly what he wanted to do. His 2009 commentary pushed for ?a new Bretton Woods conference, like the one that established the post-WWII international financial architecture.? And he had already set the wheels in motion.
Just a week before that op-ed was published, Soros had founded the New York City-based Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), the group hosting the conference set at the Mount Washington Resort, the very same hotel that hosted the first gathering. The most recent INET conference was held at Central European University, in Budapest. CEU received $206 million from Soros in 2005 and has $880 million in its endowment now, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
This, too, is a gathering of Soros supporters. INET is bringing together prominent people like former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker and Soros, to produce ?a lot of high-quality, breakthrough thinking.?
While INET claims more than 200 will attend, only 79 speakers are listed on its site ? and it already looks like a Soros convention. Twenty-two are on Soros-funded INET?s board and three more are INET grantees. Nineteen are listed as contributors for another Soros operation ? Project Syndicate, which calls itself ?the world?s pre-eminent source of original op-ed commentaries? reaching ?456 leading newspapers in 150 countries.? It?s financed by Soros?s Open Society Institute. That?s just the beginning.
?Reorganizing the world order will need to extend beyond the financial system and involve the United Nations, especially membership of the Security Council,? he wrote. ?That process needs to be initiated by the US, but China and other developing countries ought to participate as equals.?
Soros emphasized that point, that this needs to be a global solution, making America one among many. ?The rising powers must be present at the creation of this new system in order to ensure that they will be active supporters.?
And that?s exactly the kind of event INET is delivering, with the event website emphasizing ?today?s reconstruction must engage the larger European Union, as well as the emerging economies of Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia.? China figures prominently, including a senior economist for the World Bank in Beijing, the director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the chief adviser for the China Banking Regulatory Commission and the Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations.