He Understands What Dictators Can Do
Halvorssen has seen for himself how dictators can affect people on a personal level. In 2004, Venezuela called a referendum to review the election results that gave Hugo Chavez political office yet again. During a protest of the referendum Halvorssen’s mother, Hilda Mendoza, was shot by supporters of Chavez. The shooters were arrested but they were never convicted of any crime. This personal injustice has a played a big role in the life of Thor Halvorssen and defined him.
He Knows Why Open Societies Succeed
An open society is a society in which each member is able to decide for themselves how they want their lives to unfold. If you want to spend your life pursuing an education and choose a higher position in life you are free to do that, but the choice is always yours. This isn’t true in many oppressed societies in which one’s position in life is already predetermined and locked by birth. Open societies produce better results than closed societies. He understands this and we wants to create a world where everyone is able to reach their full potential.
He Wants To Free His Homeland For Good
His birth country Venezuela is currently facing considerable troubles under the dictatorship it lives under. Political prisoners, including some of his family members, are held without any chance of freedom for speaking out against the government. He has managed to escape this fate by living in America, but Halvorssen wants to stop this once and for all. The work he does at the Human Rights Foundation is one key step in stopping this suffering and bringing Venezuela into a new chapter. He isn’t going to stop until the country he knows best is finally unshackled from oppression.