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01/31/2015 03:57 pm ET

Bill Maher Says Socialism Created America's Successful Middle Class

In the latest "Real Time with Bill Maher," the host sounded off on politicians for repeatedly talking about middle-class economics, saying, "No one is telling the truth."

"The large, thriving middle class that America used to have didn't just appear out of the blue. It was created using an economic tool called socialism," said Maher. The talk show host went on to explain that heavy taxation and redistribution of wealth after WWII led to America's middle-class success. "Yes, for a brief, shining moment, we were Finland," he joked.

As demonstrated by his comments on Islam and "American Sniper," Maher is not known to shy away from controversy. On socialism, he added, "We can debate whether that's a good thing or a bad thing to go back to, but what is beyond debate is that, that is what happened."

"Real Time with Bill Maher" airs Friday at 10:00 p.m. ET on HBO.

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