Bernie Sanders recently stated that if elected president of the USA, he would make it a socialist country. A socialist state is one where the workers manage and control industries through a democratic government. Many people in the USA are opposed to the idea of socialism. They include liberals who believe that socialist governments are responsible for violation of human rights.
In an interview with Trish Regan on Fox News, she talked to Thor Halvorssen about democratic socialism. Thor works with the human rights foundation and therefore his interview on Fox had a lot of sense. He stated clearly that he had nothing against socialism as long as it was practiced by a government that is not authoritarian. He mentioned countries such as Norway, Denmark, and Sweden as examples of countries that have successfully practiced socialism since they do not violate human rights.
Thor’s main objections against socialism were that if it was practiced by an authoritarian government, there was a great chance for the leadership going against its previously set objectives about helping citizens by extorting them. This comes into force because in socialist governments, who by the way people say are similar to Marxists and communists, the government is responsible for setting the prices for common household goods and this, in turn, leads to shortages of these commodities which are otherwise very necessary.
Thor Halvorssen gave a good example of a country where socialism had backfired on the people and brought about great suffering from the shortage of food and other necessities. Venezuela is a South American nation under the leadership of Hugo Chavez. The government there sets prices for everything and therefore causing a shortage that in the end only cause a crisis. Thor himself has had his experiences with socialism on Venezuela. His father was a political prisoner in the country while is the first cousin is still a prisoner there. Thor’s mother has also been shot by this government at one time. All these unrest in the country has been brought by the government making decisions about important issues such as food prices by themselves. The ordinary citizen is left feeling cheated, and it is true at most times.
Thor stated clearly that although he is not for the idea of socialism for the USA, he had his support for Democratic Party candidate Bernie Sanders. He mentioned the current frontrunner’s ties to countries that oppress people as the reason for his choice to support Sanders. That is his choice and opinion anyway.
According to Huffington Post, Halvorssen says that democratic socialism can only work if there is the rule of law. He feels that for the government to eradicate poverty, it should be a creation of more wealth and no redistribution of the same. That is the reason that Thor is such a believer in free markets. If the government decides to control everything, there is bound to be a problem.
Find more about Thor here: https://about.me/thor.halvorssen