Markets are constantly in a state of uncertainty and flux and money is make by discounting the obvious and betting on the unexpected.
I commissioned two political experts to advise me about what I could do to oppose the re-election of President Bush.
Misconceptions play a prominent role in my view of the world.
The main obstacle to further progress on the resource curse is China, and to a lesser extent India.
The anti-resource curse initiative has stronger legs than most and that has made me very enthusiastic.
It is much easier to put existing resources to better use, than to develop resources where they do not exist.
My main concern is with the world order
As I like to put it, we have hit pay dirt. The effort to cure the resource curse is a good example of what private foundations working with NGOs can accomplish.
I give away something up to 00 million a year throughout the world promoting Open Society. My foundations support people in the country who care about an open society. It's their work that I'm supporting. So it's not me doing it.
If the terrorists have the sympathy of people, it's much harder to find them. So we need people on our side, and that leads us to be responsible leaders of the world, show some concern with the problems.
My foundations support people in the country who care about an open society. It's their work that I'm supporting. So it's not me doing it. But I can empower them. I can support them, and I can help them.
The people currently in charge have forgotten the first principle of an open society, namely that we may be wrong and that there has to be free discussion. That it's possible to be opposed to the policies without being unpatriotic.
To my mind, there is a solution which has to do with democracy, because democratic governments are subject to the will of the people. So, if the people will it, you can actually create international institutions through the democratic states.
When it comes to social consequences, they've got all different people acting in different ways, very difficult to even have a proper criterion of success. So, it's a difficult task.
The main difference between me and other people who have amassed this kind of money is that I am primarily interested in ideas, and I don't have much personal use for money. But I hate to think what would have happened if I hadn't made money: My ideas would not have gotten much play.