Recently, Thor Halvorssen was interviewed by Trish Regan of Fox News about of Bernie socialist agenda and how Sanders’ socialist agenda differs from socialist governments. Halvorssen argued that socialism could violate human rights when society is run by dictatorship government. Further, he explained that socialist policies and socialist countries are not always the same. He pointed out Venezuela, which uses price controls, rather than free markets that can be realized under democratic socialism proposed by Sanders.
In the interview, Halvorssen discussed personal experience with socialist governments. He explained that his father was held as a political prisoner of a socialist dictator of Venezuela, where he was tortured until international human rights foundations intervene. His mother was short under the regime of socialist dictator Hugo Chavez, and his cousin is currently in Venezuela prison for the same reason.
One would be mistaken to think that Halvorssen hates socialist government that tortured and short his mother. However, he makes a careful distinction between crimes of dictators and socialism. Halverson explained that Venezuela is a good example of how replacing democratic socialist principles with the authoritarian rule can be detrimental to liberty.
He explained that socialism is like a knife, it can be used for a noble purpose in preparing meals in the kitchen, and it can be utilized for an evil cause such as weapon against fellow men. The person holding the knife makes all the difference. This can be inferred from governments of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway that are performing perfectly well.
Concerning Donald Trump support for Vladimir Putin, it is very dangerous to approach media with such remarks. Putin is well known for human rights violation and verbally supporting his actions is supporting human right violations, Thor Halvorssen explained.
Concerning current Democratic frontrunner (Hillary Clinton), Halvorssen expressed his disappointments stating that she has taken millions from oppressive dictators throughout the world, through Clinton Foundation. He explained that this could turn into a quid pro quo corruption if Hillary Clinton became the president. Some dictators will try to reach out the oval office and call in for favors for their campaign contributions.
The interview ended with Halvorssen stating that although redistribution of wealth is not the way to end poverty, he world support democratic socialist like Bernie Sanders, rather than someone supporting dictators.
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