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Fitting In

People say the economy is slowly getting better. They say it has been the slowest recovery from a recession ever. No one knows this better than the people who live on the fringe. They travel by Greyhound to go see family, to go to another town to find work, or just because they have no place to settle down in. These are the people without the education, connections or mental stability needed in order to live what the rest of us consider to be a “normal” life.

Normal to the travellers of this this country consist of living hand to mouth and day by day. Getting by while eeking out a living however they can. Looking at the photographs on The Greyhound Diaries by Doug Levitt, you see this. You see it in their faces and the demeanour that the photographs capture. What you don’t see though is a sense of urgency. Stress. Unhappiness. You may see a certain resignation, an unwilling acceptance to their lot in life, but you don’t really see people who are unhappy. They know they don’t fit in with what the rest of us consider to be a well-meaning and productive life, and most of them seem to be okay with that.

Most of them seem to have been born into a life without much education, prospects for employment because of it, or the will needed to make their lives better. Their lives are good enough for seemingly being destined to live this transient way of life. They have friends here. They have other people who may have their own stories, but they share the commonality that is seen between people who live below the poverty line. They fit in with each other, and they do it peacefully without much of an “Us versus Them” mentality.Follow him on twitter: Click here.

Thor Halvorssen’s Take on Democratic Socialism

America is experiencing a very heated moment and the voters need as much information as possible to enable them endorse the right candidates. Television networks have played a big role in informing the masses. Fox cable news recently hosted Thor Halvorssen who is a renowned human rights activist and an academician. Guest speakers help shed light into some of the aspirants believes and motivations. Thor Halvorssen was cast on Fox Business Network Show where he talked about democratic socialism and its impact on American politics. He gave his take on presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his policies.

 

According to Thor Halvorssen, US is more than ready to receive democratic socialism. He explained to Trish Regan who hosted the program that although it is socialism, the government is not all powerful. The people share power with the government providing checks and balances where necessary. The advantage of this system is utilitarian rule is avoided and the people who vested power to the government are not subjected to dictatorship.

 

According to him there is no big difference between democracy and socialism. The problem with socialism is that it was linked to the Soviet Union which was marred by corruption and poor human rights record. Companies operating in the US would have to adapt to a more people friendly approach in order to maintain their operational licenses. The crux for this will be more sustainable development and better consumer protection.

 

Thor Halvorssen has experienced the consequences of bad governance first hand. His mother was fatally shot just because she could not drop a case against a connected drug dealer. He is from Venezuela which is a socialist country yet the government exercises utilitarian control. He opined that democratic socialism will give people a stake in every sector of the economy. He stated that every country exercises some form of socialism. Democratic socialism can be likened to public utilities which are shared by the masses and property has been re distributed.

More information for Thor Halvorssen:

https://humanrightsfoundation.org/about/board-and-international-council/thor-halvorssen

https://about.me/thor.halvorssen