Thor Halvorssen wants to educate you about how governments run. There is a whole lot of noise out there perpetuated by the mainstream media that makes it sound like there are only two sides — conservative and liberal. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are many ways to run the government and there are dozens of different types of governments across the planet. And while we could sit here and argue about what type of government is best, there is no disputing the ingredients for governmental catastrophe.
Thor Halvorssen, the 39-year-old founder of the Human Rights Foundation, brought this to my attention in a compelling Fox News interview last year. The interview was full of confusion. Fox News seemingly brought the human rights activist on in order to bash Bernie Sanders and his democratic socialist agenda.
You see, Thor Halvorssen’s father was taken political prisoner in Venezuela when he was a freshmen in college. His father was held for more than 70 days and beaten during his imprisonment. The government of Venezuela at the time just so happen to be socialist. Fox News assumed that Thor Halvorssen hated socialism because of this experience. They were wrong.
It seems that the human rights activist is actually fairly conservative. During the interview, he expressed his belief in free-market capitalism. But he blew everybody away, including me, when he said that he donated the maximum amount to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. He then went on to say that socialism itself is not a danger. That’s when he laid down the rules for governmental catastrophe, and I so happen to agree with him.
Real governing problems stem from a lack of separation of powers. Here in the United States, we have three distinct branches of federal government — judicial, legislative and executive — each with its own special sets of powers. Some of these powers overlap to become checks and balances. But a lack of separation of powers and checks and balances is the recipe for disaster. This is when authoritarians abuse human rights with unchecked, unilateral power. This is what we should all despise.