The president of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen, was interviewed for a program on Fox News. Halvorssen was asked to talk about his views on socialism and whether he agrees with the policies proposed by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. Senator Sanders has been traveling across the country during his presidential campaign to spread his theories that socialism can help to fix some of the economic issues that have been tearing the country apart for quite a few years now. Halvorssen said that even though he supports Senator Sanders for the next presidential election over the alternative candidate, Hilary Clinton, he does not agree with all of the socialist policies proposed by Senator Sanders.
In sum, Thor Halvorssen is mostly concerned with how socialism can affect the status of human rights. He says that with a socialist regime, it is far more likely that private property rights will not be respected. This recent Buzzfeed article about Thor Halvorssen shows that it becomes easier in a socialist society for the government to start accumulating more power and using it for political purposes.
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Intelligent discourse is rare in politics today. Donald Trump bloviates, using half-truths, lies and bigotry to push an empty agenda. His ad hominem style makes for great ratings and allows him to lead the news every night. Fox News uses this confrontational style to drive up ratings in their own reporting.
Sometimes the network uses interviews with unsuspecting interviewees as a weapon against ideas they do not agree with, like the Democratic socialist agenda of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Recently the network brought the founder of the Human Rights Foundation and film producer, Thor Halvorssen, on the network for an interview. The man is world famous for being a human rights activist and it appears the network tried to use his good name to slam socialism and Bernie Sanders all at once. But cooler heads prevailed and Thor Halvorssen turned the interview around against Fox News.
According to Forbes, Thor Halvorssen used intelligent discourse to expose Fox News bias during the interview. The network figured that Thor Halvorssen hates socialism because his own father was a political prisoner of the socialist dictator of Venezuela. But Thor Halvorssen’s response to the question, “Why is socialism a violation of basic human rights?” shocked the network. He calmly explained that socialism is not bad and that unchecked unilateral power in the hands of one dictator is bad, no matter the form of government.
The hostess then asks the world famous human rights advocate to define socialism. He then asks her what kind of definition she wants; the academic definition, the theoretical definition or the definition of in a socialist ideal. The hostess couldn’t handle it, calling all that information mere “details”. That’s when an exhausted Thor Halvorssen tells Fox News that he supports Bernie Sanders and has donated to the insurgent candidate’s campaign.
You can hear the shock in the hostess voice. It’s as if the entire network squeals through her.