I saw this completely hilarious video the other day. Of course, it was Fox News messing up yeat again. It had to do with the old Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. They did this instance spot on the Vermont Senator, calling his policies a violation of human rights. Can you believe that? Bernie Sanders violating human rights? It’s insane.
Well, to drive their point home, they brought this guy named Thor Halvorssen onto the show. He’s apparently this big wig in the human rights advocacy world. In fact, the 39-year-old founded a group out of New York City called the Human Rights Foundation.
These guys go around the world to advocate for human rights, transparency in government, and they try to topple unilateral dictators, which I thought was cool.
The Fox News lady comes in swinging, asking Thor Halvorssen why Bernie Sander’s policies, and socialism in general, is a violation of human rights. Thor looks shocked for just a second. Then the human rights advocate continues to school the Fox News anchor to my delight.
He begins by saying that they need to qualify what they are talking about. He says that socialism is a form od government and is not evil in and of itself. Socialism is a like a tool that you can use for good or bad, like a knife. When governments do not have separation of powers, or checks and balances, they are ripe for evil. It doesn’t matter what form of government they employ.
According to Crunchbase, Thor Halvorssen even hit the Fox News anchor with several examples of good socialist and labor governments. These included Denmark, Finland, and Norway. All of these countries have the right mechanisms in place to stop unilateral power from taking control. Unilateral power, when one person can make decisions without the rest of the government’s input, is the very thing that leads to human rights abuses.
Then he drops the bomb — Thor Halvorssen donated to the Sanders campaign. Man, did Fox News blow it. The look on the lady’s face is priceless. She screams, “Why?”
As it turns out, Sanders was the only politician on either side of the aisle that didn’t have anything to do with human rights abuses. Thor should know, he founded the Human Rights Foundation.
It’ll be interesting to see what he thinks of a Trump Presidency. He’s a really smart guy and that will be interesting to see in the future. Hopefully he expresses his opinion on Fox News.
Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1812816/