On its face, an interview of George Soros by the people at Project Syndicate seems a curious set of affairs.
Project Syndicate, which describes itself as “The World’s Opinion Page,” occasionally has some good material even though you’re never going to see, say, Ben Shapiro or Douglas Murray contributing a piece.
That’s not quite the reason the interview was so curious, however.
Instead, there was the fact that Soros’ Open Society Institute played a critical role in establishing Project Syndicate in the immediate post-Soviet era in Europe.
It’s a bit like Oprah Magazine publishing an interview with its eponymous founder, only if that Oprah Winfrey was known as one of the most identifiable supporters and bankrollers of globalist progressivism and open borders immigration policies.
The occasion had to do with the novel coronavirus and how it’s reshaped the world.
As you can imagine, it was a wildly uncritical interview — which I didn’t mind. I know, you’d prefer Soros to be held to account, too, but sometimes people are more likely to say ugly things when they assume they’re among friends as opposed to being in an adversarial conversation.
On this count, at least, the May 11 interview delivered, particularly with tone-deaf answers like this:
“This is the crisis of my lifetime,” Soros said. “Even before the pandemic hit, I realized that we were in a revolutionary moment where what would be impossible or even inconceivable in normal times had become not only possible, but probably absolutely necessary.
“And then came COVID-19, which has totally disrupted people’s lives and required very different behavior. It is an unprecedented event that probably has never occurred in this combination. And it really endangers the survival of our civilization.”
I don’t want to make too much of the order there, but there’s a whiff of a Freudian slip there. Notice the order there. Crisis of his lifetime, revolutionary moment, inconceivable before, required different behavior, unprecedented — oh and yeah, it could potentially endanger the survival of civilization as we know it. We’ll get back to this in a second, but let’s just be clear what the rest of the interview involved.
There’s a lot of boilerplate stuff here from Soros. Take this bit, which could have come from any random glazed-eyed person watching CNN’s COVID-19 coverage 11 hours a day: “We are learning very fast, and we now know a lot more about the virus than we did when it emerged, but we are shooting at a moving target because the virus itself changes rapidly.”