Thor Halvorssen Is Supporting The Lesser Of Two Evils

The current election is very strange. It’s got equal parts fear and excitement to it, but no one seems to be all that interested in who wins. While there is a lot of support for Bernie and Trump, beyond the closest supporters of any candidate, general citizens feel they’ve stumbled into a bit of a political miasma. This extends up the ladder even to the highest echelons of the country. Consider a recent interview with Thor Halvorssen, a prominent philanthropist and film producer based in Hollywood.

Thor started by stating socialism often breeds terrible human rights violations, and that the two were intertwined. He said that the one results in the other. His caveat was that socialistic practices not pushed by a dictatorial government could be successful, but in general what tends to happen is human rights violations. Later in the interview it was brought to light that Thor has lost family in the advances of dictatorial socialist regimes, so he doesn’t just speak theoretically, but from experience.

After saying all he had to say about socialism being a human rights violator, he went on to say he is funding Bernie Sanders’ campaign. The contribution he made was the largest one within the legal limits of the law during an election campaign. This stunning news makes more sense when one considers why Halvorssen did what he did. According to Thor, Hillary Clinton, whom he referred to as the democratic front-runner, is regularly given contributions by dictatorial regimes. In Thor’s eyes, Hillary is being manipulated by such forces, and should she attain the White House, that manipulation will continue. He said this was the same reason he couldn’t support Ted Cruz, as that candidate is likewise beholden to dictatorial funding.

Conservatives can agree with a vote against Hillary; but the socialistic leanings of Bernie Sanders are disturbing. Even in the interview between Thor and the reporter, the concept was discussed that most people who support Bernie don’t actually know what socialism means in a true sense. That isn’t the case with Thor Halvorssen, though: he’s just backing who he sees to be the lesser of two evils.

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Thor Halvorssen a film producer and human rights advocate began fighting and supporting human rights as a teenager in 1989, through organizing opposition to the South African apartheid. He became intimately involved in individual rights when his father became a political prisoner in Venezuela. Halvorssen participated in many activist movements including the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, patron for Prague-based children’s peace movement and also served as CEO of the Individuals Rights in Education from 1999 until 2004. Thor produces films, which focus on human rights issues to create awareness of the problem. He is described in the New York Times as the champion of the underdog and the powerless because of his involvement in human rights issues.

Founded in the spring of 2005 by Thor Halvorssen, the New York-based non-profit group, The Human Rights Foundation operates globally to promote and protect human rights. The group believes all individuals are entitled to freedom of speech, expression, association, religion, freedom from slavery and torture, and the right to equal treatment. The foundation incorporates a broad mix of people who believe in human rights, many of whom have risked their lives and careers to speak out about the issues. The Foundation has been involved in exposing dictators and participating individuals including celebrities. The organization has been a part of ending the violence against women in countries such as Pakistan and working with third-world countries to educate on the importance of human rights.