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Mark Levin: Does What’s Happening in Venezuela Really Surprise Anybody?

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | May 1, 2019 | 12:08 PM EDT

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, TV host, author and American lawyer Mark Levin (Screenshot)

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Mark Levin Show” Tuesday, host Mark Levin asked his audience if what’s happening in Venezuela is really a surprise to anybody?

“Well, you see what’s going on in Venezuela,” stated Mark Levin. “Does that really surprise anybody?”

Mark Levin’s comments came after “Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro was believed to have been ready to leave the country” during a coup attempt, but was persuaded by Russia to stay, reported CNSNews.com.  Late Tuesday, Venezuela’s Maduro declared, according to CNSNews.com, “that he has defeated a U.S.-backed ‘coup’ and rejected Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s claim that he had been planning to leave for Cuba hours earlier until dissuaded from doing so by the Russians.”

Below is a transcript of Mark Levin’s remarks from his show on Tuesday:

“Well, you see what’s going on in Venezuela. Does that really surprise anybody?

“What is the main difference between socialism and capitalism? Government coercion. It’s the iron fist versus the invisible hand.

“Socialism is fake; Marxism is fake.

“And so, I hear people today struggling trying to explain what the real differences are – ‘the Constitution.’ Yes, of course. But every non-socialist state doesn’t have a constitution necessarily. Ours is fantastic, although we honor it in the breach I’m afraid.

“There’s a human factor. Socialism goes against natural law. Socialism crushes individualism.

“So, I dug up a copy from 2012 of ‘Ameritopia.’ Socialism, Marxism, they preach utopianism. There was a great philosopher – I think he was one of the greats – Karl Popper, modern times, anyway, and he eloquently deconstructed the false assumptions and scientific claims of utopianism.

“Just listen carefully to this: He argued ‘it is totalitarian in form and substance.’ He ‘observed that [a]ny social science which does not teach the impossibility of rational social construction’ – that is, basically remaking society – ‘is entirely blind to the most important facts of social life, and must overlook the only social laws of real validity and of real importance. Social sciences seeking to provide a background for social engineering cannot, therefore, be true descriptions of social facts. They are impossible in themselves.’ So, when you hear Bernie Sanders or Maduro, or before him, Chavez or Castro and the rest, they are preaching lies; they are preaching impossibilities. They are preaching utopianism, and behind utopianism is always the iron fist, the police state.

“Now, what is utopianism, as I explained? Utopianism – free this and free that and Green New Deal – is irrational in theory and practice for it ignores or attempts to control the planned and unplanned complexity of the individual, his nature, and mankind generally. It ignores, rejects or perverts the teachings and knowledge that have come before – that is, man’s historical, cultural and social experience and development.

“In fact, utopianism seeks to break what the hugely influential 18th Century British statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke argued was the societal continuum between those who are living and those who are dead and those who are to be born.

“Eric Hoffer, a social thinker renowned for his observations about fanaticism and mass movements. He said, ‘For men to plunge headlong into an undertaking of vast change, they must be intensely disconnected, yet not destitute, and they must have the feeling that by the possession of some potent doctrine, infallible leader or some new technique, they have access to a source of irresistible power. They must also have an extravagant conception of the prospects and potentialities of the future. They must be wholly ignorant of the difficulties involved in their vast undertaking, for experience is a handicap.’”

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