Pushing Back Against The Powerful: Thor Halvorssen

Thor Halvorssen is, perhaps, one of the most famous and successful living anti socialist and anti tyranny advocate in the western world. He is most well known, however, as the leader and principal founder of the United States based Human Rights Foundation which has grown to become one of the most profligate and well known human rights groups in the world.

However, unlike many other well known social activists Mr. Halvorssen has had first hand and personal experience with his subject matter, namely that of socialist tyranny. Indeed his embattled history with socialism recedes back beyond his own birth and begins with his grandfather, Oystein who was counselor to the King of Norway during World War II. It was recorded that the cantankerous Oystein was once accosted by two Nazis at which point he engaged in a sunderous fist fight!

According to Forbes and Buzzfeed, But Thor Halvorssen is no stranger to similar kinds of conflict himself. Indeed, one of the things which most starkly differentiate him from all too many would be social activists is his willingness to get down in the dirt and sweat and bleed for his cause. To illustrate, during a 2010 trip to the city of Hoh Chi Mihn in which the intrepid human rights activist hoped to speak to the leader of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, Halvorssen was accosted by the state police.

What happened was, the Unified Buddist Church of Vietnam had been expunged and it’s leader, Thich Quang Do, had been placed under house arrest. It was during the elderly religious leader’s 28th year in imprisonment within his own home that Halvorssen paid him a visit by sneaking into his house after prearranging a meeting.

The two men sat down with Halvorssen recording the interview. However, problems occurred the moment Halvorssen attempted to sneak out of the house as he was swiftly surrounded by a myriad of police officers. They arrested Halvorssen, imprisoned him and then decided to have some fun at his expense and beat him black and blue. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: https://humanrightsfoundation.org/about/board-and-international-council/thor-halvorssen

Yet the Vietnamese police were not to have the last laugh, as Halvorssen had hidden the tape completely. With the aid of a confederate, who hid the chip recording in his rectum, they were able to smuggle the interview out of the country. Now that is dedication!