Tucker Carlson on the metric system

Tucker Carlson Crusades Against The ‘Creepy’ Metric System While Everyone Laughs At Him

What is Tucker Carlson raging against today? Apparently, the Fox News pundit is going on a crusade against what he calls the tyranny of the metric system, saying that nearly the entire world has been “forced” to use this system based on increments of 10, rather than using it because it’s easy and makes a lot of sense. Meanwhile, here in Freedom Land, we get to use a system that was originally based on things like “the length of the left feet of 16 men lined up heel to toe as they emerged from church.” Freedom.

“Almost every nation on Earth has fallen under the yoke of tyranny — the metric system,” says Carlson in his introduction of the segment. “From Beijing to Buenos Aires, from Lusaka to London, the people of the world have been forced to measure their environment in millimeters and kilograms. The United States is the only major country that has resisted, but we have no reason to be ashamed for using feet and pounds.”

No, but we have plenty of reason to be ashamed of Tucker Carlson.

To argue his point, Carlson brought on the bow-tied James Panero, a self-described “cultural critic” and executive editor of the monthly conservative rag The New Criterion. The brave Mr. Panero is “taking a stand against the metric system” because it’s French or something.

“The metric system, meanwhile, is the product of the French Revolution,” said Panero. “It was imposed at the business end of the guillotine.”

This, of course, is not quite correct. According to the U.S. Metric Association, most historians believe that the system was originally proposed by Gabriel Mouton, a French Catholic vicar, in 1670 – over 100 years before the French Revolution began. It was refined by the French Academy of Sciences during the French Revolution, but there’s no indication that it had anything to do with the guillotine.

“God bless you, and that’s exactly what it is,” Carlson responded to Panero. “Esperanto died, but the metric system continues, this weird, utopian, inelegant creepy system that we alone have resisted.”

Esperanto never died, but whatever.

What is dead is any shred of credibility Tucker Carlson might have had as he becomes an utter joke among anyone who is at all a fan of science.

Math and making sense are oppression. There will be none of that here in Freedom America.