Bernie Sanders has lit a fire in America’s youth. This democratic candidate has offered new ideas that have not been accepted in the public sphere for years. Millions of students are banding around this candidate with the goal of making the United States a more socialist country. The word socialist is extremely controversial in the United States, and many Americans are looking for insight into the definition of socialism. Media outlets are reaching out to people with personal experience with socialism. One of the leading experts on socialism in the United States is Thor Halvorssen. Thor is from Venezuela and he currently serves as head of the Human Rights Foundation.
Fox News invited Thor Halvorssen to their set to discuss Bernie Sanders. The interviewer was under the impression that Thor believed that socialism itself was a violation of basic human rights. Thor quickly recovered from this misunderstanding. He stated that many governments are able to offer social programs and keep the government from fully controlling people’s lives. He included classic examples like Denmark and Norway as country’s that have a democratic government and include socialist programs. Thor then pivoted and discussed governments that utilize the promise of socialism to control the country and it’s resources. Many South American countries feature dictatorships that offer some socialist programs, but also have brutal regimes that offer no freedoms. He then stated that he is giving Bernie Sanders a maximum contribution and has voted for Sanders. He believes that Sanders is much better than a corrupt Democratic frontrunner and a Republican frontrunner that believes that Putin is a friendly character.
Thor is from Venezuela and his family is very familiar with the dangers of socialism. Venezuela once had excellent democratic socialist governments, but in recent years, it has been taken over by despots who are bankrupting the country. Everyone in Thor’s family has experienced a Venezuelan jail cell because of the authoritarian government.
Thor works tirelessly to protect human rights and he strongly feels that the United States should avoid authoritarian regimes. Unfortunately, this election cycle is drawing people towards authoritarian figures who well devastate human rights. Hopefully, Thor can keep working to prevent Human Rights violations.