Thor Halvorssen on Democratic Socialism

Thor Halvorssen interview on Fox News was on democratic socialism that is being advocated by Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders while running his campaign is calling for the United States of America to be a socialist country. Liberalists in the country are against this concept by Bernie Sanders. According to Thor Halvorssen who is the founder of the Human Rights Foundation, he says that socialism is a violation of basic human rights. In justifying this, Thor Halvorssen explains that for countries which do not violate human rights are in a position to have socialist governments in place. He explains that for countries which have socialist governments they enjoy separation of power and that this is quite acceptable. The problem that Thor has with socialism, is only when it is used by an authoritarian government. Through this, Thor Halvorssen maintains that a country is at risk of failing economically. When asked on the definition of socialism, Thor explains that people can use an academic or historic approach. He also says that people define socialism to mean communism.

Thor also says that, democratic countries that promote people’s autonomy implement socialism policies and be socialist. He says that socialism is heavily connected to invasion of personal property. He takes the example of the Venezuelan government, which is setting prices at a level in which it wants. The end result is shortages in commodities and services and an impending humanitarian crisis. He also says that he has directly supported Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. The reason behind this is that he believes that Hillary Clinton has close ties with countries that prosecute people for being gay, ban Christmas, gag the media and limit press freedom. He particularly gets emotional during the interview when he explains why he would not support a candidate with dictatorship ties.

He also adds that he cannot support the Republican front runner. Due to his experience with the Venezuelan government, with his father and cousin being political prisoners, he understands the negative impact of socialism. He knows that socialism may well result in an economy crisis. In addition he adds that democratic socialism can be achieved only if there is the rule of law. Thor is a firm believer that redistribution of wealth is not the way to end poverty but rather through creation of more wealth. At the end of the interview he says that he supports democratic socialism. Check out his film production work on IMDB.