The 2016 United States presidential election contains many twists and turns, and even natives sit back and wonder how a Democratic socialist and a Populist candidate accused of openly racist policies came to the forefront. Thor Halvorssen went on The Intelligence Report in March to discuss how leaders claiming socialist ideals can abuse power. Find Thor on Facebook for more news and information.
Halvorssen founded the Human Rights Foundation to combat human rights abuses around the globe. His connection to governmental abuse is a personal one. He has family members who are suffering under the rule of Hugo Chavez and his successors.
Chavez and his successors claimed to follow socialist policies, and they used its ideals to rise to power. Once they came to power they played out a real-life Animal Farm scenario. Animal Farm, by George Orwell, was an allegory about how the ideals of socialism and communism can easily be abused. It was also a metaphor for the Stalinist government of Soviet Russia.
Halvorssen does not limit his criticisms to the despotic regimes of Latin American countries. The Human Rights Foundation head spoke out against many of Hillary Clinton’s campaign contributors. Clinton’s campaign has taken donations from Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries. Many of these governments have a documented history of violating human rights. Despite his criticism of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Halvorssen still donated to his presidential campaign.
Unlike Communism, which advocates a revolution, socialism hopes to bring about change by working within the system. Both political philosophies require that the workers own the means of production.