Thor Halvorssen Mendoza is a man of innumerable talents but is perhaps best known as a political speaker and global activist. Mr. Halvorssen is also widely regarded for his founding of the famous secular, civil activism group, The Human Rights Foundation (or HRF) which networks with activists the world over to combat tyrannical ideology, oppression and poverty wherever it might happen to be found.
The thirty nine year old political activists philosophical proclivity is much in keeping with his organization, for the majority of his career and exploits revolve around the championing of democracy and the decrying of totalitarian socialism, fascism, communism and any other historically (or presently) damaging political ideology. It should be noted here that one of the things which sets Mr. Halvorssen apart from many other activists, both well known and not so well known, is that he, “Puts his money where his mouth is,” as they say, meaning that he is not afraid to get out on the front-lines and roll up his sleeves in the pursuit of a freer and more just society. Click here to watch video.
For instance, in 2010, during a trip to the Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh to interview Thich Quang Do, a well known religious dissident suffering under the auspices of the severe Buddhist persecution of the local regime, Halvorssen was apprehended for trespassing (as Do was currently under house arrest, severing a multiple decade long term of self imposed incarceration). Halvorssen was then dragged off to a Vietnamese prison where he was beaten black and blue for no discernible reason other than the amusement of the guards. Thankfully, Mr. Halvorssen was able to escape his predicament due to pressure from his, and many other international, activist foundations, but the experience left him with first hand working knowledge of ideological totalitarianism in action.