The founder of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen, has recently been providing his views on the reasons for the success of the campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in his bid to win the Democrat’s Presidential nomination in 2016. Halvorssen discussed the rise of socialism as a political ideology in the U.S. with Fox Business host Trish Regan, who began the interview by stating her own belief that many Sanders supporters do not understand exactly what socialism is.
Halvorssen was praised by Trish Regan for his impressive and detailed responses to her questions about socialism, which the human rights activist who founded the Oslo Freedom Forum was able to link back to his own experiences; the Thor Halvorssen family has seen three members personally affected by human rights abuses at the hands of so called socialist government officials. The Hollywood film producer explained his home country of Venezuela had seen a large number of liberal governments over many decades who successfully combined socialist principles with their more mainstream policies.
Problems only began in Venezuela when the socialist principles of the government had become the dominant policies of government officials who used them to further their own ambitions; the use of socialism to extend personal gain had gone so far as to fix food prices and cause a major humanitarian problem in recent years. The ongoing humanitarian crisis has continued as the people of Venezuela have struggled to free themselves from the problems caused by the continued leadership of socialist governments.
After providing his own explanation of socialism for Trish Regan, Thor Halvorssen went on to explain the reasons behind his decision to provide financial support for the campaign of Bernie Sanders. Halvorssen explained the self described Democratic Socialist Senator was the only candidate who did not have a personal history linking him to well known human rights abusers and had so far not used racially charged rhetoric during his campaign.