Representing the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorrsen went on FOX News to talk about democratic socialism. While it seems to have taken the nation by storm, Thor finds this a little concerning. The people are simply not aware of the historic abuses of that economic policy and how it has violated basic human rights. Of course, he qualified that statement by pointing out that there do exist socialistic regimes that do not violate basic human rights. But adopting this system of government does pose a massive risk to the people and the future of the nation. He pointed out several reasons that even the most ardent democrat should oppose democratic socialism.
It Can Conceal Motives
Socialism is typically pitched as an economic policy that benefits the people as opposed to the old capitalistic policies that seemingly only benefit the rich. (Of course, this overlooks the fact that nations that allow free trade and an open market will typically see a lot of benefits, such as an increase in scarce and necessary products.) Halvorrsen argued that politicians can use this pitch to mask their true motive, which is to loot the economy for all it is worth. After all, taking money away from the rich and distributing it will put a lot of trust into the government. Who is to say that they would not betray that trust?
Even If It Is Not A Mask, It Is Too Easy To Seize Power
There is a reason that the United States has three branches of government that are run by elected officials. It serves as a bulwark against internal corruption. The people cast their ballot for who they want. If the wrong person gets into office, their power is mitigated by the other branches of government. A socialistic regime would not have those same safeguards. It would be far easier to corrupt a socialist government than it would be to corrupt a government such as the United States.
Halvorrsen recognizes these potential threats and wants to educate people about them. The fact that he is speaking for the Human Rights Foundation against socialism should cause a bit of reflection.