Thor Halvorssen: The Human Rights Activist That is Telling Stories through Film

Thor Halvorssen is a human rights activist and an advocate. He was born in Venezuela. He founded the Oslo Freedom Forum which has been praised for its efforts towards human rights. Halvorssen also founded the Human Rights Foundation in 2005. The headquarters of the foundation is in New York City. Its international council includes Harry Wu, Mart Laar, Ellie Wiesel, chess Grandmaster, and Garry Kasparov. Halvorssen has advocated for the release of Liu Xiaobo who is a political prisoner in China. Halvorssen has been a harsh critic of various dictatorship regimes around the world. He has conducted advocacy campaigns against Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, Panama’s Ricardo Martinelli, and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.

Halvorssen is also a film producer, and he has been involved in the production of several films over the years. He co-produced a film about the uprising that occurred in 1956 against dictatorship in Hungary known as “Freedom’s Fury.” The executive producers of the film included famous actor Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino, and Andrew Vajna. Halvorssen was the executive producer of “Hammer & Tickle,” a film on how humor was used to spread truth in the Soviet Union. Notable personalities that appeared in the film included Ronald Reagan, Roy Medvedev, and Mikhail Gorbachev. The film won the Best New Documentary Film award at the film festival in Zurich. He was a producer of “Indoctrinate.” This is a documentary that touched on the conservative bias that exists in colleges in the United States. The documentary received positive reviews from various outlets such as the New York Times, CNN, and the Wall Street Journal.

Halvorssen was listed as a producer of “The Singing Revolution.” This is a film on the peaceful struggle of Estonia for independence from the Soviet Union. The movie is the most successful documentary in Estonia’s box-office history. It received a lengthy standing ovation at its premiere. Halvorssen was the sole producer of 2081. It is a film adaption of “Harrison Bergeron” which is a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. The film featured various Hollywood stars such as Armie Hammer, Patricia Clarkson, and Julie Hagerty. Halvorssen is producing the film adaptation of “The Moon a Harsh Mistress” which is a science fiction book by Robert Heinlein.

 

 

Why Thor Halvorrsen Dislikes Socialism

As an expert in government, with a degree in Political Science Theory from the University of Pennsylvania, Thor Halvorrsen has always opposed democratic socialism. But many of his reasons for opposing it are far more personal than the effects that it could have on a society. It is not an idea or a concept. It is something that has directly impacted his family. Halvorrsen has seen both of his parents murdered. His father was convicted and tortured for a bank fraud, a crime that would put him in a minimum security prison in the United States. But of course, all of these reflect a deeper problem with socialism as an economic and governmental policy. Through his years of research and personal experience, Halvorrsen has discerned several reasons to oppose socialism.

Socialism Does Not Produce Fast Growth

It can be easy for citizens of the United States to advocate for socialism. After all, they are living in the fruit of capitalism. A middle class person or even the person who is below the poverty line has amenities that exceed even the greatest rulers of generations past. With vehicles, ovens, microwaves, an abundance of food, computers, the Internet, high-quality phones, and much more, technology testifies to the power of capitalism. Socialism does not produce nearly as effectively.

Diligence Does Not Pay Off

One of the great virtues of the United States is that if an individual works hard, she will be rewarded for her effort. She will live in prosperity and enjoy her life. But if the government controls the amount of money that she makes, then there is no reason for the exceptionally skilled person to work hard. In fact, there is no reason for anybody to work hard because there is nothing to aspire to. It is the old cliche of a dead end job, every every career is a dead end job.

Seeing these problems first hand in the nation of Venezuela, Thor has been very discouraged by the enthusiasm for socialism in the United States. This has prompted him to educate the masses about the effect that it can have.

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