Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has recently been making waves as the self described Democratic Socialist has seen his campaign find large levels of grass roots support as he fights to reach the White House. Despite the rise in interest in politics among young people and those who are unhappy with the way the political establishment has run the U.S. in recent years many are unsure about the use of the term socialism in U.s politics; Fox Business interviewed respected human rights activist Thor Halvorssen about both the benefits and problems socialism poses to a nation in the 21st century.
Halvorssen began his interview with a discussion on the definition of socialism, which the Oslo Freedom Forum founder revealed is difficult to pin down; one of the problems facing those seeking a basic understanding of socialism is the many different forms of the political ideology that can be found around the world. Thor Halvorssen explained that some nations have a long history of incorporating socialist ideals into their own democratic principles with great success at home and in foreign policy.
However, when questioned by “The Intelligence Report” host Trish Regan, Halvorssen revealed he had first hand experience of the dangers socialism can pose to the people of any area of the world. Halvorssen explained his home nation of Venezuela had been incorporating socialist principles into its government for a number of decades with high levels of success, but had recently seen the rise of extreme groups hiding behind the socialist principles many in Venezuela admire. The problems facing the people of Venezuela were revealed by Thor Halvorssen to include the issues of tyrannical leaders fighting to bar any opposition to their leadership. Thor Halvorssen’s own father faced imprisonment and torture in Venezuela after opposing the ruling government despite the fact he held diplomatic status within the country; Halvorssen backed Bernie Sanders campaign, but was also critical of the use of socialism by many within ruling governments around the world. Visit Thor’s Twitter page to keep up with news and other events.