Bill Maher asked Republicans on Friday, “If socialism is such a one-way ticket to becoming the nightmare of Venezuela, then why do all the happiest countries in the world embrace it?”
On “Real Time With Bill Maher,” the comedian served up the United Nations’ latest annual World Happiness rankings and found that the countries at the top of the list are from “socialism-friendly places,” like Finland, Denmark and Norway.
“The right has a hard time understanding the concept that we don’t want ‘long lines for bread’ socialism. We want ‘you don’t have to win the lotto to afford brain surgery’ socialism,” Maher said.
“Socialism replacing Capitalism is bad, but socialism as a supplement to capitalism is good,” he said. “Kind of like how gin and tonic are terrible by themselves, but mixed together, delightful.”
“Happiness isn’t only about what you have, it’s also what you don’t have to worry about,” he went on. “Turns out, freedom from the fear of ending up in a tent below the overpass is a really great freedom. It’s called peace of mind.”
Maher said that conservatives like to push the falsehood that unrestricted capitalism makes you “more free.” But, he added, “actually it’s the right kind of socialism that makes you the freest.”
Watch the video below.