Thor Halvorssen has lived a life that has seen him governed by governments that are both conservative, centrist, and socialist in Venezuela and the U.S. The former political science student at the University of Pennsylvania has been a vocal opponent of all governments who do not permit their citizens to maintain their basic human rights and feels his own role should be simply to explore these issues and pressure politicians to change their stance. Politics itself is seen by Halvorssen as simply a way of achieving his aims to open up closed societies, free political prisoners, and change the policies of governments no matter what their political outlook.
Discussing politics is something Thor Halvorssen admits he rarely considers outside of his role as a human rights activist, despite the fact he holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science, as well as being the latest in a long line of Halvorssen’s who have made an impact on the global political landscape. During interviews, Thor Halvorssen has explained he has not even questioned his own employees at the Human Rights Foundation about their own political stance; one example of the different views of members of the 12 person Human Rights Foundation staff is the fact Russian political opponent Gary Kasparov acts as President alongside a member of the legal team who worked with the Argentinian Junta of the late 20th century.
Thor has often seen his own role as one of the world’s top human rights activist lead to each and every comment he makes dissected and sometimes misunderstood; Fox News felt his position was in opposition to the socialist ideology, but the film producer revealed he had given the maximum allowed monetary contribution to the U.S. Presidential campaign of self proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders. In a bid to make his political stance clearer, Thor Halvorssen has made it clear his opposition is for any government that does not allow its citizens access to their human rights; in fact, Thor Halvorssen has spoken in glowing terms of countries like Sweden that have powerful socialist governments achieving success on a regular basis.