There are several despotic governments in this world that falsely claim to be socialist democracies. Thor Halvorssen calls these countries out directly, on their hypocrisy and level of oppression they levy against their own citizens. He says people in America correctly condemn the vicious, self-serving, tyrannical governments of Venezuela, North Korea, and some countries of Africa. However, he thinks they are mostly ignorant if Americans think all democratic socialism has proved evil. The countries that most Americans believe are socialist in structure cannot seem to see past that simple facade to the despot and his cronies pulling the levers behind the scenes. Those are not socialist governments at all, it turns out in the final analysis.
While he agrees that those countries must be reformed. They deny people there the most basic of human rights. While on a trip to South Korea, in the central city of Seoul, for a world conference on human rights, Halvorssen made clear his passionate stand for the oppressed peoples of the world. He was calling people all over the world during his days at the conference. Of course, many of those receiving these calls and texts in Europe and all of the Western Hemisphere were still in bed.
Thor Halvorssen is a tireless freedom fighter, in the fight that can actually change minds, in the press, television media, and with peaceful demonstrations. He points people to the freedom loving, but certainly socialist democratic countries of Northern Europe as examples of healthy governments. He has been trying hard and with valor to bring the kind of sane, representational, socialist democracy that is found in Sweden to his native Venezuela.
Halvorssen’s family is no stranger to the effects of a despotic, terrorizing central government. After a coupe, decades ago, the new Venezuelan government arrested, imprisoned, and tortured Thor’s father. It took a great deal of world wide humanitarian effort to secure his release. Later his mother was shot by a government goon squad while she was attending a peaceful meeting in public. She recovered, but of the 11 people shot, one did die.
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