Nothing about the career and life of human rights activist and movie producer Thor Halvorssen has been predictable or followed what would be seen as the regular path taken by an activist. The Venezuelan born New York resident has been one of the most prominent activists of recent years known for his willingness to look for new and modern techniques to raise the awareness of the public about the issue of human rights around the globe; Halvorssen has gone so far as to form his own Human Rights Foundation that works to expose the work of dictators and tyrants who have caused problems in closed societies.
One of the major advances made by Thor Halvorssen has been the development of the Oslo Freedom Forum, which has grown to become the most popular and important event on the human rights activism calendar. Halvorssen has looked to change the way we all see the human rights activism community by using his links in the entertainment and media industries to promote the political causes uncovered and raised at the Forum; Halvorssen himself has never shied away from the fact he takes a very different approach to human rights than those undertaken by his many fellow activists, and explained he is willing to work in any way possible to raise the issue of human rights problems within public consciousness.
As a popular and award-winning film producer Thor Halvorssen has worked with some of the most important and relevant names in Hollywood, but has also been willing to expose entertainment industry figures for their links to dictators around the world. The small team of activists Thor Halvorssen maintains as his inner circle at the Human Rights Foundation have all been chosen for their commitment to the cause of human rights, and not because of their political beliefs. Despite the work he completes, Thor is largely uninterested in politics in general and has worked diligently to bring attention to human rights abuses committed by governments from both the right and left of the political spectrum.
Fox News invited Thor Halvorssen on a program with host Trish Reagan to unpack some of the issues with socialism. This interview coincides with conversations from the presidential campaign trail about the socialist policies that U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has been pitching to voters this year. While many of the ideas from Senator Sanders are appealing to Americans struggling to pay their bills and stay out of debt, Halvorssen explains that they just may not be all that they are cracked up to be.
Halvorssen’s main warning about socialism has to do with the preservation of human rights. This makes perfect sense because Halvorssen is the President of the Human Rights Foundation out of New York City. Halvorssen says that while not all socialist governments are bad, there is a serious tendency to absorb too much power too quickly with socialist regimes. One of the major ways that this happens is that the socialist government sets price controls and starts limiting the supply of certain goods. When these goods become staples, such as food, water, gas or medicine, this can present a very real problem for society. People will have limited access to these necessary things, which can culminate in a major humanitarian crisis.
Halvorssen says that not all socialist governments get it wrong, but there can be disastrous results when they do. He relies on Venezuela as an example of how badly things can go under a socialist government. Right now, that country is in the middle of a humanitarian crisis that could tear the entire country apart. People do not have access to food and medicine that they desperately need. Hospitals and schools have shut down, and there is widespread chaos. Thor Halvorssen says that not every country gets socialism right, but Norway and Sweden are examples of ones that did.
Halvorssen may not be a fan of socialism, but he is supporting Senator Sanders in the upcoming presidential election. When asked about this, he said that he simply could not support Hillary Clinton because of her many connections to dictators around the world, which present a serious problem for human rights.
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Thor Halvorssen is a spokesman for human rights and an advocate for personal freedom within world governments. He is the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum which is an annual meeting extolling the rights and freedom of mankind; it is equivalent to the the Davos World Economic Forum but oriented toward freedom and the elimination of dictatorships and authoritarian regimes.
His mother was shot and his father was a political prisoner in Venezuela when under the control of socialist Hugo Chavez. Halvorssen explained that socialism can work in countries whose governments have separation of powers and mentioned Norway, Denmark and Sweden as positive examples. As evident from this Youtube video, the interview took a turn for the worse when Halvorssen criticized Hillary Clinton for accepting monies from dictators in the middle east. He continued to derail the railroading of Bernie Sanders as a socialist by saying that he, himself, had sent Sanders the largest legal political contribution possible for his campaign. See the interview here:Your text to link…
Halvorssen is a humanitarian, thoughtful, engaging, dedicated and brilliant. He, even, has a creative side as a successful director of film documentaries. For more information:Your text to link…
This attempted hatchet job by Fox against Bernie Sanders is an example of a simple-minded interviewer being subjected to the truth of a complex matter; a matter which Americans are averse to consider. While the rest of the world employs socialist concepts regarding health and social security, Americans seem to see any attempts with socialism as anti-democratic. The truth is that America has socialist programs, but the ignorance of history and world governance has severely restricted the collective political imagination of our citizens. The size of the U.S. Government continues to grow but the two major political parties have become adverse to cooperating with one another, while the electorate seems to be more concerned with the rights of the fetus and how intimate a politician’s relationship is with a Christian god.