It really is hard to label Thor Halvorssen who has been one of the most outspoken yet hard-to-know leaders in modern human rights activities. His life’s mission has been to expose how bad human suffering is under tyrannical and corrupt governments while also rewarding civil disobedience against attacks on freedom of speech. His most famous achievement has been the founding of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), a gathering of individuals from all over the world who share how they’ve fought against tyranny in the most creative ways. Halvorssen is a writer at several media outlets including The Atlantic and the Huffington Post and has made appearances on cable news networks such as CNN and Fox News.
Halvorssen has the unusual ethnicity of being both Norwegian and Venezuelan. As a young man he saw the struggles his father and cousin went through in speaking out against political corruption which led to their imprisonment. His mother was also shot but survived an anti-government riot against the dictator Hugo Chavez. His family’s experiences have certainly strengthened his resolve to preach dissidence and civil liberties despite being detained and caught several times in smuggling operations. Halvorssen has mastered the art of going off the grid when he needs to and keeping his contact information hidden.
There have been several stories Halvorssen has lived to tell about that include helping citizens in North Korea and helping prisoners escape. In North Korea Halvorssen and a group of North Korean defectors chose a launch site in South Korea to launch strong helium balloons containing information about the outside world and the dictator Kim Jong Un’s brutality that the government had been trying to suppress. Halvorssen’s efforts from HRF also eventually led to the freeing of Ali Abdulemam, a news writer and blogger who had been imprisoned in Bahrain for writing about human rights violations and telling the truth about information suppression. Some of the films Halvorssen has produced that tell the stories of fights for freedom in oppressed nations include Freedom’s Fury , Hammer & Tickle and The Sugar Babies. Halvorssen is also involved with the Children’s Peace Movement.
Thor Halvorssen who created the the non-profit group Human Rights Foundation recently made an appearance on the Fox Business News Channel. There Mr. Halvorssen was briefly interviewed on socialism, whether it works, how it functions today and his stance on the presidential nominees in the United States. Mr. Halvorssen also revealed why he supports a certain candidate despite his socialist policies.
Halvorssen described that socialism is not necessarily bad or harmful. The real problem says Thor is that dictators will often use socialism as a mask to pretend that they are helping people when they are really looking to gain complete power and total control. This is what Halvorssen states happened in Venezuela. Dictators often use the guise of socialism to seize power and this is a gross injustice.
On the other end of the spectrum Thor Halvorssen states the a country could have democracy, freedom of expression and relative prosperity under a socialist government. He points of the nation of Sweden which has a socialist government and economic system. Thor also pointed out that many European nations such as Norway and Denmark include socialistic elements in their governance and economic polices.
On the actual policies of socialistic governments, Thor said that he disagrees that the idea of redistribution of wealth is the way to create a high standard of living for citizens. Instead, he believes in free enterprise and the creation of additional wealth. This is how you eliminate poverty and create good conditions for citizens says Thor.
Weighing in on the presidential nominee race, Thor Halvorssen says that he is supporting Bernie Sanders on the democratic ballot. The reason he is supporting Bernie Sanders is because of his fierce opposition to Democratic front runner Hilary Clinton. Mrs. Clinton takes money from dictatorships said Thor. Her foundation has received millions of dollars from oppressive governments such as Bahrain, Saudia Arabia and Algeria. This is worrying to Thor Halvorssen, who is also a film maker. These countries he reveals do not have freedom of the press. In some cases some of the countries that donate to Hilary Clinton ban holidays we take for granted such as Christmas.