Thor Halvorssen Explains Socialist Governments

Thor Halvorssen made an appearance on Fox News where he talked about what a democratic socialist government would look like. The American public has been whipped into a frenzy over what they think will be a government that is a lot like Stalin’s Russia. The reality is a lot different, and Thor had to explain to the commentator the difference.

Thor brought up countries like Norway and Sweden that have those kinds of governments, and he thinks that a government can be socialist and safe at the same time. In essence, Thor is saying that the American government is already set up to be a safe socialist democracy. Thor runs the Human Rights Foundation around the world, and he has come in contact with governments that are awful to their people. America does not have a history of oppressing its people like the Soviets did.

Thor even points out countries like North Korea or Iran that are terrible to their people, and he has called out every country in the world that is using socialism the wrong way. There is a lot of fear in America that Bernie Sanders is actually a communist, but Thor puts that fear aside by explaining that communism and socialism are two different things.

Europe runs a socialist society that offers a lot of services to its people, and that is what Bernie Sanders wants to do. Thor thinks that calling Bernie Sanders a socialist is not a bad thing, and he also thinks that it is an attempt to bring back the era of McCarthyism where everyone was afraid that they were going to meet communists who would ruin their lives.

Thor Halvorssen has run into some bad people in his time, and he could show Americans a really bad socialist country if they wanted to see it. Americans need to be educated about what socialism is, and Thor is making as many appearances as he can. Taking the appearance on Fox News was a great chance to talk to people who are involved in fearmongering, and Thor spoke perfectly to the points asked.

Thor Halvorssen Explains Socialism and Human Rights to Fox News

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.