Stacked Deck: Soros Adds More Lefty Supporters to Event Aiming to Remake Economy

Left-wing funder extraordinaire George Soros isn’t content with just promoting his long list of liberal causes. He wants to remake the global economy. This plan, first revealed by the Media Research Center last week, continues to get more obvious.

Soros has spent $50 million getting the group INET (Institute for New Economic Thinking) to throw a remake of the famous Bretton Woods conference held near the end of World War II. This conference begins April 8 and Soros’s goal 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.”

Of course it’s gotten little press, despite having eight separate journalists on the list of 90 speakers. That list includes six from The Financial Times, which hasn’t mentioned INET since November.

Though the Soros-funded INET keeps adding new speakers, more than two-thirds of those are still connected directly to George Soros. Some of the newer additions are also blatantly liberal, in case there was any doubt about the nature of the event.

A few of the new additions include:

  • Brad DeLong, professor of Economics, University of California at Berkeley. DeLong is both a prominent liberal economist and a perennial defender of Soros. DeLong even went so far as to connect criticism of Soros with anti-Semitism, calling one graphic from “The O’Reilly Factor,” the “Protocols of the Elders of George Soros.” According to DeLong’s own blog, INET funds the Berkeley economics department for $1.25 million. “The University of California, Berkeley's Department of Economics is the recipient of a $1.25 million grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) to develop a Berkeley Economic History Laboratory. The new lab will train economists to be more historically literate so they can better contribute to policy debates ... The award is the largest of 30 first round grants announced recently by the institute.”
  • Wendy Carlin, professor of Economics, University College London, is yet another speaker connected directly to INET, which is sponsoring the conference with Soros funding. Carlin is a member of the advisory board.
  • Barry C. Lynn, the director of the Markets, Enterprise, and Resiliency Initiative, and a senior fellow at the Soros-funded New America Foundation, a liberal think tank.
  • Wolfgang Munchau, co-founder and president of Eurointelligence ASBL. He is also an associate editor of the Financial Times. He serves on the board of the European Council on Foreign Relations with George Soros.
  • Paul Blustein, who focuses on trade and international economic policy for the Soros-funded Brookings Institute, also worked as a reporter for the Washington Post.

With just over a week to go until Soros’ new Bretton Woods conference, Fox News remains the only major media outlet to cover this event.

Dan Gainor
Dan Gainor is The Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow and Vice President for Business and Culture for the Media Research Center