The founder of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen recently did an interview on the Fox Business channel. Mr. Halvorssen discussed socialism as a policy and as a governmental structure. He also weighed in on the 2016 primary race to determine the presidential candidate for both the Republican and Democratic party.
Here is what Mr. Halvorssen said about socialism. Thor Halvorssen does not believe that socialism is the best way to lift people out of poverty. Creating wealth, by utilizing natural resources and technology is a way to create jobs and lift people to better economic conditions. Halvorssen did highlight that socialism on its own does not lead to repression of rights, poverty and oppression. The problem in some socialist countries states Halvorssen is that some executive heads or presidents decide to seize power and effectively become dictators. This is what has happened in his native country of Venezuela, where Hugo Chavez seized control.
An important insight offered by Thor Halvorssen in socialism involves the fact that the socialist country of Sweden is relatively prosperous and its citizens enjoy relative property. People should not be so shocked by the ideas of Bernie Sanders, who proclaims himself openly as a socialist senator. Many countries in Europe points out Halvorssen have strong socialistic elements in their public policies. This includes the labor and social democratic governments of Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
Halvorssen also discussed his view of outside candidate Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic nominee. Sanders is a candidate that Thor Halvorssen wholeheartedly supports. The Vermont senator’s policies are aimed at reducing inequality and eliminating poverty. This will be party achieved by redistributing wealth, which is how socialist governments and policy function to a large extent.
Why does Thor Halvorssen support Bernie Sanders? He said that Bernie does not accept any donations from foreign governments with a history of oppression and censorship. This in stark contrast to current Democratic front runner Hilary Clinton. Mrs. Clinton has accepted millions of dollars from oppressive governments in Algeria, Qatr, Bahrain and Oman. These countries also have no freedom of the press. Halvorssen says that the Clinton Foundation accepting money from such regimes is very worrying.