“Activism” is a word which has seen a marked rise in popularity as of late. It would seem, from a mere cursory glance at any of the popular social media sites that nearly everyone is an “activist” so some stripe. But just as the rise of the internet marked a influx of glorified googler calling themselves “journalists,” the real investigators stuck out, such is the case with real activists like Thor Halvorssen Mendoza. For those unfamiliar with the name, Thor Halvorssen Mendoza is the son of the noted drug trafficking commissioner and enemy of Pablo Escobar, Thor Halvorssen Hellum. Mr. Halvorssen is also the leader and co founder of the Human Rights Foundation and a vociferous detractor from socialism and tyranny the world over.
Unlike the leaders of many other non-profit human rights defense organizations, Thor Halvorssen is notable in that he is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get down in the dirt for his cause. Such was just the case during a 2010 trip to HO Chi Minh City to interview Thich Quang Do, the leader of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, a church which had been facing increasing levels of repression and persecution from the local government, so much so that the spiritual leader had been placed under house arrest for no other reason than that he was affiliated with the previously mentioned faith.
Mr. Halvorssen was able to sneak into Thich Quang Do’s abode and craftily film a lengthy interview about the state of affairs in Vietnam. However, as Mr. Halvorssen was leaving the premises he was detained by police who then decided to use his body as their new punching bag, he was then thrown in prison. Yet despite all of pain he suffered at the hands of his captors, Halvorssen made sure that they were not able to secure his recorded interview with the Buddhist leader which he, along with a confederate, smuggled out of the premises by hiding it in their rectum. That may sound silly but the information which came to light helped human rights organizations world wide put pressure on the Vietnamese authorities and it was all thanks to one activist who was willing to do anything it took to get the job done.
Human rights have played a prominent role in American history. Americans have been keenly aware of how their actions have impacted other and how they have devalued people. That is why men such as Thor Halvorssen will champion human rights and dedicate his career to this cause. It is for this reason that Halvorssen pointed out in this interview that he is opposed to a socialistic model of government. While he respects nations such as Denmark for making the correct qualifications and the necessary separations, he nonetheless thinks that socialism is easy to abuse, and this has been evidenced throughout history. Halvorrsen fears that the democratic socialism espoused by the presidential candidate Bernie Sanders could have a negative impact.
Often, the people do not want to hear from a man who has a theory. Philosophical speculation may be interesting to academics and other researchers. But the people want to know what will worked and what has worked. They want a narrative. That is precisely what Halvorssen offers. He tells the audience that his family has suffered at the hands of socialistic regimes. He pointed out that even today, his brother is being held as a political prisoner.
Halvorssen argued that while poverty is a legitimate problem that has been pointed out by the Sanders Campaign, socialism is not an adequate solution to this problem. Under a socialistic regime, the government controls prices. If they are too high, the people cannot afford to purchase groceries, and companies will go out of business. If they are too low, grocery stores cannot afford to pay their distributers. Therefore, socialism often results in massive shortages. The people of the United States are not privy to the inevitable impact that a socialist government will have.
He Supports Sanders Anyway
While socialism may have a negative impact on the economy, Bernie Sanders is still Halvorssen’s candidate of choice. He pointed out that Donald Trump received endorsements from Putin, and Hillary Clinton accepted campaign contributions from terrorist organizations. He regards Bernie Sanders as the only viable option.
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