Thor Halvorssen, a human rights activist, was interviewed on the Fox Business Network’s show The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan in which he explains the differences between a democratic socialist such as U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and socialist authoritarians such as the government in Venezuela.
Halvorssen believes that a democratic socialism is perfectly OK and provides some of the Scandinavian countries as a model example.
“If there are branches of government that exist, and separation of powers, and constitutional rights. You can have a country like Denmark or Norway or Sweden that often times have socialists governments, labor governments, that’s perfectly alright.”
The problem, Thor Halvorssen explains, is when socialist programs are instituted under an authoritarian government because the end result is often times to people under such regimes are looted by the government instead of being helped by wealth distribution.
Halvorssen went on to explain that he made a large contribution to the Sanders campaign and explains that his father was once a political prisoner. This experience has made him passionate limiting political power, especially that of authoritarian regimes.
He believes that the two front runners for the Presidency, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, are too tolerant of these abusive foreign governments.
“I Would Rather a Democratic Socialist Than a Supporter of Dictators in the White House,” Halvorssen said.
Halvorssen ends the interview by explaining how he would try to end poverty.
“You end poverty not by redistributing wealth, you end it by creating more wealth.”
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