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" A full and fair discussion is essential to democracy. "
" A lot of the evil in the world is actually not intentional. A lot of people in the financial system did a lot of damage without intending to. "
" An open society is a society which allows its members the greatest possible degree of freedom in pursuing their interests compatible with the interests of others. "
" Bush's war in Iraq has done untold damage to the United States. It has impaired our military power and undermined the morale of our armed forces. Our troops were trained to project overwhelming power. They were not trained for occupation duties. "
" I chose America as my home because I value freedom and democracy, civil liberties and an open society. "
" 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. "
" I give away something up to $500 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. "
" I'm not doing my philanthropic work, out of any kind of guilt, or any need to create good public relations. I'm doing it because I can afford to do it, and I believe in it. "
" Increasingly, the Chinese will own a lot more of the world because they will be converting their dollar reserves and U.S. government bonds into real assets. "
" I put forward a pretty general theory that financial markets are intrinsically unstable. That we really have a false picture when we think about markets tending towards equilibrium. "
" I see tremendous imbalance in the world. A very uneven playing field, which has gotten tilted very badly. I consider it unstable. At the same time, I don't exactly see what is going to reverse it. "
" I think there's a lot of merit in an international economy and global markets, but they're not sufficient because markets don't look after social needs. "
" I would prefer not to be involved in party politics. "
" Just as the process of repealing national alcohol prohibition began with individual states repealing their own prohibition laws, so individual states must now take the initiative with respect to repealing marijuana prohibition laws. "
" Law has become a business. Health care has become a business. Unfortunately, politics has also become a business. That really undermines society. "
" Market fundamentalists recognize that the role of the state in the economy is always disruptive, inefficient, and generally has negative connotations. This leads them to believe that the market mechanism can take care of all the problems. "
" Markets are constantly in a state of uncertainty and flux and money is made by discounting the obvious and betting on the unexpected. "
" Markets are designed to allow individuals to look after their private needs and to pursue profit. It's really a great invention and I wouldn't under-estimate the value of that, but they're not designed to take care of social needs. "
" 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. "
" Now that I have called you on your false accusation, you are using additional smear tactics. "
" Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes. "
" President Bush is endangering our safety, hurting our vital interests, and undermining American values. "
" Proposition 19 already is a winner no matter what happens on election day. The mere fact of its being on the ballot has elevated and legitimized public discourse about marijuana and marijuana policy in ways I could not have imagined a year ago. "
" Regulating and taxing marijuana would simultaneously save taxpayers billions of dollars in enforcement and incarceration costs, while providing many billions of dollars in revenue annually. "
" Stock market bubbles don't grow out of thin air. They have a solid basis in reality, but reality as distorted by a misconception. "
" The criminalization of marijuana did not prevent marijuana from becoming the most widely used illegal substance in the United States and many other countries. But it did result in extensive costs and negative consequences. "
" The financial markets generally are unpredictable. So that one has to have different scenarios... The idea that you can actually predict what's going to happen contradicts my way of looking at the market. "
" 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. "
" The reality is that financial markets are self-destabilizing; occasionally they tend toward disequilibrium, not equilibrium. "
" There is a resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe. The policies of the Bush administration and the Sharon administration contribute to that. It's not specifically anti-Semitism, but it does manifest itself in anti-Semitism as well. "
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