Thor Halvorssen, the founder of the Human Rights Foundation, recently gave an interview on Fox News where he sits above the graphical banner “Socialism Violating Rights”. But that banner belies the content of the interview itself. During the three minute interview, the founder of the Human Rights Foundation explains that socialism is not bad and does not violate human rights. Socialism is simply a form of government that human beings can use for the good of all people or that authoritarian dictators can use to perpetuate crimes against humanity. It is not, itself, a bad thing despite the attempts of Fox News to slam socialism and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
We are fortunate that the interviewee was Thor Halvorssen. The man’s own father was a political prisoner of the socialist dictator of Venezuela. Human rights groups had to negotiate the release of his father but not before his father was tortured by the dictators government. It seems that Fox News believed Thor would hate socialism unequivocally, but Thor is smarter than that.
Thor Halvorssen repeatedly tries to make the distinction between socialism and human rights to the hostess throughout the interview. When she doesn’t buy Thor’s argument, he goes for the coup de grace, telling her that he supports Sen. Bernie Sanders bid for the White House. He even tells her the exact amount that he is donated to the campaign — $2,700, the most allowable for an individual under US law in 2016.
The human rights activist then aims the interview at the proper targets, namely those candidates that support dictatorships, such as Hillary Clinton.
He continues to explain that he does not agree with everything that Bernie Sanders stands for, but he’d rather see a democratic socialist in the White House than a supporter of dictatorships, especially someone who is taken money from said dictators. You’ve got to wonder if Thor Halvorssen will ever be invited on Fox News again. Connect with Thor on Facebook to keep up with news and events he is involved with.