Thor Halvorssen has been described by the New York Times as the ‘Champion of the Underdogs and the Powerless’ due to his contribution in the fight for human rights. He started advocating for human rights as an adolescent back in 1989 by organizing opposition to the apartheid rule in S. Africa. The founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum and a film producer has contributed remarkably in fields such as public policy, individual rights, public interest advocacy, and pro-democracy advocacy. Thor has displayed a profound commitment to the politics of human rights globally. This has made him one of the most perplexing and polarizing individuals in the field of human rights activism.
Thor is also the president of the Human Rights Foundation. This is an organization that is devoted to human rights globally. The main agenda of the Human Rights Foundation is to fight oppressive regimes across the world regardless of what it takes. The organization has extricated activists from their countries, mounted campaigns for the freedom of activists and even invited journalists to the foundation’s annual forum. This annual conference has been called the ‘Davos Of Human Rights’; a global networking party where revolutionists exchange tips on dethroning authoritarian leaders and putting an end to oppressive regimes.
Thor Halvorssen has also lectured at several universities across the globe on matters of liberty. His opinions as well as views have appeared in venues such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Economist National Review among others.
Thor is also a remarkable film producer and actor. He has made some exceptional contributions to the film industry through the production of some movies such as Uprising, 2081, Halo of stars just to mention a few. Currently, Thor is working on the production of Robert Heinlein’s film adaptation of ‘The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress alongside Brian Singer.
Socialism has been a controversial subject for the people of the U.S. for a number of decades since the height of the Cold War. One of the concerns of many who have been watching the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections closely in recent months is the rise of Independent Senator Bernie Sanders and his decision to describe himself as a Democratic Socialist, a term which has caused problems for many political commentators.
Thor Halvorssen explained his belief that Senator Sanders has been correct in his view that socialism can be a positive influence on the lives of many when its more powerful policies are combined with mainstream political choices. Halvorssen pointed to a number of Scandinavian countries where socialist policies have been integrated into a democratic system of political beliefs; Sweden, Denmark, and Norway were three countries mentioned by Halvorssen as showing just how the ideals of socialism can be intertwined with traditional policies in a positive way for the people of these nations.
To close the interview Thor Halvorssen explained his own opinion on the politics of the U.S. Presidential elections, which would reveal the film producer has made his own choice of the best candidate for the position of Commander-In-Chief. The choice made by Thor Halvorssen not only reflected his own view that Bernie Sanders is the prefect candidate for the role, but also showed the unhappiness the film producer has with the other candidates available on both sides of the two party system; Thor Halvorssen explained the links Democrat Hilary Clinton has to the leaders of closed societies around the world through her political choices and the Clinton Foundation made her a candidate he could not back. Turning his attention to the Republican side of the election Halvorssen went on to explain he found himself unable to back probable nominee Donald Trump after his racially charged rhetoric during the nomination process.
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