The Human Rights Foundation founder is quick to assert to FOX News that socialism is a violation of basic human rights. Then many might ask, why did Thor Halvorssen just write the largest contribution allowable to the campaign of democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders?
To the HRF President and CEO, it’s quite simple, and he explained it to FOX’ Trish Regan duringThe Intelligence Report. Halvorssen has a larger problem with the two front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, because they both favor dictatorship policies, Trump for aligning himself with Russia’s Putin and Hillary accepting multi millions of dollars from dictatorships around the world.
“I would rather have a democratic socialist than a supporter of dictators in the White House,” Halvorssen stated.
Halvorssen believes that to end poverty, one must create more wealth by encouraging the rule of the free markets, but he also explains that democratic socialism can exist. As long as the branches of government are held responsible, there is separation of power and constitutional rights, then this aspect of socialism is alright.
When countries exist under the mask of socialism, claiming to help the people but instead take over and loot the country, then it is unacceptable, Thor Halvorssen emphasized to Regan. He used the South American country of Venezuela as an example.
“The government decides prices are going to be a certain way. Because they set the prices, what ends up happening, massive lay-offs. What you have now coming up is a humanitarian crisis,” Halvorssen stated.
Halvorssen knows plenty about Venezuela since his father was taken in as a political prisoner there. In addition, his mother was shot by the Hugo Chavez regime, and a first cousin is currently jailed in Venezuela under similar circumstances.
A human rights advocate and film producer, Halvorssen founded the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) in the spring of 2005.