When a person is approaching death, she will begin to reflect on the decisions that she has made. She will be more introspective than she has ever been in her entire life, thinking about past mistakes, the mark that she will leave on the world and what more she could have done. Most people who look at their humanitarian efforts will see how they have fallen short. However, individuals such as Thor Halvorrsen will not have that problem. As the President of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorrsen has spent his life and career fighting injustice throughout the world and reenforcing basic human rights and dignity. Sometimes that will mean criticizing a government, a form of government, or the actions of individuals.
How Socialism Contributes To Food Shortages
He pointed out in this interview with FOX News that in a socialistic economy, the government will control the price of goods. However, if they make the prices too low (as an attempt to benefit the people), grocery stores will not be able to pay their distributors. If they make the prices too high, people will not be able to afford them and again, grocery stores will not be able to pay their distributors. Consequently, argues Halvorrsen, socialism can result in food shortages.
Communism Is A Form of Socialism
In the linked video, Halvorrsen pointed out that from an academic perspective, some of the more extreme ideologies are inextricably linked to socialism. In fact, they are a branch of socialism. Communism and Marxism are branches of socialism. In these socialistic nations, there are violations of free speech and freedom of worship. The Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China both classify themselves as socialistic forms of government and have both been guilty of violating basic human rights.
While bringing food to someone who is hungry is necessary and a virtue, it is really not enough. These problems need to be addressed at a higher level. That is what Thor Halvorrsen does through the Human Rights Foundation by combating socialism.