Weekly Standard, a conservative news magazine, interviewed the enigmatic, Thor Halvorssen, a human right advocate, who founded the Human Rights Foundation. Halvorssen is a principled activist who is opposed to despotism and intolerance in whatever society it happens in and whenever and wherever it occurs. He is a man who requires very little sleep, and his entire energies are skewed to combat dictatorships and despotism at the simple urging of his Wickr account.
Many people on the right see him as an advocate and fellow conservative because of his opposition to the socialist regime of Hugo Chavez in his birth country of Venezuela or his opposition to the legend of Che Guevera in Cuba. Recently interviewed on Fox News as someone who would speak out against the socialist Bernie Sanders. The news presenter was in for a surprise as Halvorssen admitted to supporting Sanders in his bid for winning the Democratic nomination for president. He went on to say that he had given Sander’s campaign the largest donation allowable by law. Halvorssen is a man who is principled and complex and far beyond the simple categories of conservative or liberal. When directly asked that question, he responded that he was a liberal in the sense that John Stuart Mill was a liberal. J.S. Mill was a liberal during the 19th century, and one of his famous quotes would inflame all the readers of the Weekly Standard, when he said, “Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.”
Thor Halvorssen remains an enigmatic, intelligent, dedicated proponent of international freedom and the elimination of despotic regimes, as well as being opposed to any unelected government system in the world. Halvorssen has a lot of work to do.
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Thor Halverssen, head of the Human Rights foundation may have donated to Bernie Sanders, but he does not believe that socialism offers the answers to America’s current economic woes. He appeared on the Fox Business Network show The Intelligence Report in early March to explain his position.
Halversson, the founder of the Human Rights Foundation, developed his position on socialism after watching his cousins suffer under the rule of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Two of his relatives currently reside in one of the country’s prisons for speaking out against the Chavez administration.
Chavez came to power over the objections of the United States government in the early twenty-first century. Halvorssen used Venezuela as an example of how a despotic dictator could come to power by using the principles of socialism. The HRF head warned that when such people come into power, they often implement oppressive policies and forget the promises they made to the people.
Neither Trish Regan, host of the program, nor the Human Rights Foundation head discussed if socialism was good for America. The host tried to define the term briefly, but she was interrupted by Halvorssen reminding her that many Northern European countries have socialist governments and have had them for decades. The key to successful socialist governments is to have a long history of stable, democratic governments.
Venezuela may soon suffer from the policies of its governments. The country suffers from hyperinflation and the rate is over 700% at the moment. Few Latin American governments have survived when their countries inflation reaches the four digit numbers.
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