The founder of the Human Rights Foundation Thor Halvorssen has made an appearance on Fox Business to explain his personal opinion on the role of socialism in the U.S. Presidential race and around the world. Halvorssen explained his own views on why socialism is a bad idea in the majority of cases, but also revealed he has made the largest possible donation to the campaign of socialist Democrat Bernie Sanders for President in the 2016 election.
Thor Halvorssen was asked to explain the definition of socialism and give his own insight of the dangers the political ideology poses to democracy. The Venezuelan film producer explained that bringing socialist ideas into a democratic society can have some social benefit, including the chance to provide unviersal health care and free education as has been shown in Scandinavian countries like Sweden and Denmark. However, the well known human rights campaigner who helped establish the Oslo Freedom Forum explained the use of socialist ideas can present issues for those in democratic countries when these ideas are pushed to their extremes. Halvorssen used examples from his own history in Venezuela to reveal his belief that a regime using socialist principles can cause harm by limiting press freedom and holding political prisoners.
The family history of Thor Halvorssen is filled with problems caused by the opposition of the family to the socialist government in the South American country. Halvorssen explained his own father was held as a political prisoner despite the fact he held diplomatic status, and saw his mother shot as she took part in a political rally; Halvorssen is still fighting the problems political beliefs have caused his family with the revelation that his cousin is still held as a political prisoner in a Venezuelan jail.
Despite the problems Thor Halvorssen sees with the ideology of socialism he made sure to mention his own belief that Senator Sanders is his choice for the next President of the U.S. The self described socialist Democrat was given the endorsement of Halvorssen because he believes both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump have backed fascist regimes and done business with closed societies.