Thor Halvorssen is one of the world’s best known human rights activists after spending most of his life fighting for the rights of those living in closed societies and under oppressive rule. Halvorssen is not one to sit back and whine about the issues facing the people of the world; instead, the Venezuelan born film producer has looked to assist others by surrounding himself with those who understand the problems facing oppressed people.
One of the main areas Thor Halvorssen has looked to improve the lives of others has been in his approach to the leadership of the Human Rights Foundation, which was established by Halvorssen in 2005. After spending a large amount of time exploring those he felt could lead the group in the right way Halvorssen appointed Vaclav Havel as the first President, upon the death of Havel Halvorssen looked to another agitator he felt could bring success to the Human Rights Foundation in the shape of former chess champion Gary Kasparov. The HRF is now led by Gary Kasparov, who has been a major opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin and has been imprisoned for his opposition of Putin’s rule.
Thor Halvorssen has been looking to bring his own interests to the attention of the people of the world for a number of years and has formed a number of not for profit groups to help others with similar interests. To expand the role of the film industry in helping those facing problems with their human rights Thor Halvorssen created the Moving Picture Institute, which is dedicated to creating both fiction and non-fiction movies focusing on human rights issues.
Despite his impressive position on human rights and as a commentator for many mainstream news media organizations Thor Halvorssen showed his political awareness by purchasing the traditional left wing Norwegian newspaper Ny Tid in 2010. Often seen as an anarchist publication the purchase of the newspaper showed the many complex sides to the political life of Thor Halvorssen.
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.