Recently on a Fox News interview, film producer Thor Halvorssen made some very interesting observations in reference to the candidates of the upcoming election.
Regarding Bernie Sanders’ campaign, Thor began by noting that socialism is a violation of basic human rights, and the discussion which ensued ended up noting many Bernie Sanders supporters don’t actually have any idea about the socialist policies Bernie intends to implement. Through the course of the discussion, Thor revealed some pretty frightening experiences he had personally had with socialist regimes; but despite this, he was also sure to note that he had made the largest campaign contribution legally possible to the Bernie Sanders campaign. His reasoning was that, despite socialism’s decidedly anti-human rights leaning, the pick from the Democratic Party was far worse. He never mentioned Hillary Clinton by name, but he did note that she had been funded by a cavalcade of regimes and dictatorial entities, and that such would be far worse for the country than Bernie’s stridently socialist bent. He also pointed out that the establishment candidate on the right side of the fence (Ted Cruz, whom he also refrained from mentioning by name) also regularly accepted contributions from parties with dictatorial roots negative to the country.
What is most interesting about this interview is that Halvorssen (HuffingtonPost), despite being leftist, will concede that the primacy of socialism represents a violation of human rights. The reason is a sort of government bureaucratization of the populace; a process implemented often in a dictatorial way which ends up killing many. Thor Halvorssen noted as an example that very often socialist governments will artificially set prices, undercutting the economy and facilitating shortages that end up causing humanitarian abuses.
Halvorrsen has personal experience with human rights violations. His mother was killed by the Hugo Chavez regime, his father had been a political prisoner, and he has a cousin that is currently incarcerated for similar reasons. Obviously he can’t vote on the “right” side of the fence, but that he is so opposed to Clinton that he would willingly endorse a socialist candidate says a lot about the current political atmosphere.
— Thor Halvorssen (@ThorHalvorssen) March 2, 2016