On a recent segment of Fox New’s The Intelligence Report, Trish Regan sat down with famed and outspoken civil rights activist and founder of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen. The topic at hand was Bernie Sander and socialism at large. Ms. Regan started off by ask, point black, why Thor Halvorssen believes socialism to be a violation of basic human rights. Mr. Halvorssen countered by saying that he did not, or rather, that some degree of socialism clearly could work and indeed has all over the world at varying points in history up through to today. He cites Denmark, Norway and Sweden as socialist success stories. The important thing that one gets right in such a conversation, Mr. Halvorssen insists, is the recognition that all of the previously mentioned countries are democratically socialist.
He remarked that, much like any other form of government, the most serious problems with socialism arise when their practices are subverted through a individual or governing political body and used in a authoritarian fashion. Thor Halvorssen remarks that when socialist dictators rise to power it is always through extensive use of rhetoric claiming to help, “The People,” which is one of the reasons that socialist dictators are so insidious – unlike with a forthright despot who seize power, a socialist dictator gets the masses to grant him the crown without a struggle. He cites Venezuela as a prime example of a failed socialist government, noting also that their wanton and reckless price setting has caused neigh irreparable harm to the countries economy and, by extension, their working class and impoverished.
Directly after noting this (Ms. Regan thoroughly agreed), Mr. Halvorssen dropped a very peculiar fact – he had just recently made the largest allowable campaign donation to Bernie Sander’s campaign! Confused as to why a man who has been so doggedly critical of socialism and human rights violations, Ms. Regan, shocked, asked incredulously why on earth he would ever donate to Mr. Sanders campaign. Halvorssen replied with characteristic passion, “The democratic front runner, right now [Hillary Clinton] is, unfortunately, someone who has taken millions and millions of dollars from many dictatorships. Algeria, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia – countries that execute people for being gay, countries that restrict all press freedom, countries that in some cases ban Christmas. I would much rather have Bernie Sanders be the Democratic front runner than a person who takes money from dictatorships. Unquestionably.” Follow Thor on Facebook to see what he’s up to!