How Socialism Compares During A Presidential Race

When someone says “socialism”, what do you think of? Do you think of countries like the USSR (now known as Russia)? Or do you think of Venezuela, a country where human rights are violated by the government? When the word is mentioned to Thor Halvorssen, he thinks of the latter more often than not.

Halvorssen is the founder and current CEO of the Human Rights Foundation. His father was a political prisoner in Venezuela, beaten and treated as if he were no more than chopped liver. His first cousin is still imprisoned in Venezuela. At a peaceful protest, the regime gunned her down.

Now, he has done something quite interesting. He has donated as much as he can in one donation to Bernie Sanders, a democratic presidential candidate who is pushing some rather socialist policies. Socialist policies are in a different category than a socialist government. In a socialist government, the government runs everything. They control the prices, the resources, and everything that is available to the people. With socialist policies, on the other hand, the government still breaks up into different branches that check and balance each other.

Halvorssen’s reason for supporting Sanders is a little controversial. The democratic front runner, as of early March 2016, is pushing an agenda that Thor Halvorssen doesn’t support. What’s more, this person is being funded by a variety of countries with dictators. These dictators restrict freedoms in their own countries – whether it is the freedom of the press, of religion, or speech. Some even imprison political opponents.

Furthermore, Halvorssen does believe that socialist policies can be good. In the right conditions, a socialist government can function and not violate basic human rights. Those are the kind of policies that Sanders is pushing.

While Halvorssen may not wish to see socialism come to America, he knows where his head should be.