Thor Halvorssen is a man on a mission. The 40-year-old human rights activist spends every waking moment — and many should-be-sleeping moments — fighting to expose corruption around the world.
Halvorssen’s latest obsession is North Korea. He’s working tirelessly to undermine North Korea’s current regime and to open its citizens’ eyes. He helps dissidents and gives them a voice. He and his organization, the Human Rights Foundation, smuggle goods and anti-regime literature across the border. They’ve used balloons to make drops in the past and are constantly looking for new ways to make contact with North Koreans.
Given his background, his passion for individual liberties isn’t surprising. Thor Halvorssen grew up in a family of outspoken rebels and dissidents. His father once worked as Venezuela’s drug czar. When he exposed the systemic corruption of the government, he was placed in a Caracas prison. There, he endured years of torture.
His mother was shot while protesting against Hugo Chávez. He, himself, has faced physical violence because of his beliefs. While in Ho Chi Minh City to interview Thich Quang Do, a man who’d been under house arrest for 28 years because of his religious beliefs, Halvorssen was beaten and detained. His quick thinking — he claimed to be a simple Buddhist, seeking instruction — got him out of trouble.
Thor Halvorssen started the Human Rights Foundation in 2005 with the mission of ridding the world of tyranny, and he’s more than just a figurehead — he’s on the ground, traveling the world to expose political dictatorships and to give voice to the oppressed.
Deciding on a candidate to vote for or provide funding for is something millions of Americans across the nation are looking to do during the upcoming Presidential elections and often look to cable news channels for some advice. Human rights activist Thor Halvorssen has recently looked to provide his own views and experiences of how socialism in its many forms can affect a nation in light of the rising support seen for Democrat candidate Bernie Sanders.
Halviorssen appeared on Fox Business show “The Intelligence Report” to provide his first hand knowledge of socialism and the rise of Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders in an interview with host Trish Regan. The rise in support seen for the Sanders campaign has caused concern in some quarters and led Trish Regan to state she does not believe the supporters of the Independent Senator really understand what socialism is. In response, Thor Halvorssen revealed the true definition of socialism and went on to explain the differences that can be seen between the different uses of socialism as a political ideology.
Thor Halvorssen has seen socialism in action across a number of different countries, including his native Venezuela and many northern European nations. Halvorssen is the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum and explained to Trish Regan his belief that some socialist policies can benefit the people of a nation when they form some aspects of a more mainstream political landscape. Halvorssen believes problems can occur for a nation when socialism becomes the dominant ideology and is not merged with other political ideologies; in his home nation of Venezuela Thor Halvorssen has seen socialism used as a mask for political leaders looking to benefit themselves instead of the people of his nation. Despite his criticism of some aspects of socialism Halvorssen revealed to a shocked Trish Regan that he still supported Sanders bid for the Presidency because of problems he sees with other candidates for the U.S. Presidency.