Thor Halvorssen is the founder of the Human Rights Foundation and the Oslo Freedom Forum, so he is well-known and well-regarded as a fighter for basic human rights. Recently, to help its viewers understand Bernie Sanders and socialism, Fox News interviewed Halvorssen.
In the first part of the interview, Halvorssen drew a distinction between socialist dictatorships and countries that had socialist governments and socialist policies, but which obeyed the rule of law. He stated it was okay for countries to have socialist governments if they did not violate human rights. He cited Denmark, Norway and Sweden as examples of such countries. He said the problem came when socialism came under authoritarian governments or when someone used socialism as a mask to take control of government to look the country while claiming to do so for the people.
Thor Halvorssen cited Venezuela as an example of a country where socialism was used to violate human rights. When the government wanted prices to be one thing, they set up the price control, the free market could not adjust and massive shortages resulted. The current government has done that, and now there’s a humanitarian crisis.
Halvorssen then shocked the interviewer for telling her he had made the largest possible legal donation to the campaign of Bernie Sanders. He explained he did so because the other Democratic Party candidate has taken millions of dollars from dictatorships. He did not name her. He did say she had taken money from Algeria. Bahrain, Quatar, Oman and Saudia Arabia. He said these countries restrict freedom of the press and execute people for being gay. He would much rather have the Democratic Party presidential candidate be a socialist than one who accepts money from dictatorships.
Halvorssen has learned about human rights violations through personal experience. His father was a political prisoner in Venezuela. His mother was shot by security forces under Hugo Chavez. And his first cousin is currently a political prisoner.
Later, Halvorssen said that he believed poverty could not be eliminated by the redistribution of wealth, but by the creation of new wealth. Therefore, he believes in free markets. However, he says dictorships are a much bigger problem. Follow Thor on Twitter to stay up-to-date with news and events.