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.