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.
You know who uses the metric system? North Korea.— Christoph (@Halalcoholism) June 6, 2019
You know who else uses the metric system? ISIS.
I mean, join the dots, peoplepic.twitter.com/W3sti1bFPi
“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.
Global tyranny of the metric system? Damn those people are ludicrous. Maybe they should get a pro-business person who will share the positive economics of using an international measurement system.— Mars Dorian (@MarsDorian) June 6, 2019
If I didn’t know who Tucker Carlson was, I would absolutely believe that this was left-wing satire made to mock conservatives.— Sam Smith (@SSS_music) June 6, 2019
This was an actual topic???? After freedom fries and freedom gas I now present to you: freedom measurement.....— Charlotte ????????????❓ (@dasWuslon) June 6, 2019
The long pause at 0:09 killed me ????— Bernardo Seixas (@Be_seixas01) June 6, 2019
Also Canada. Like maple syrup, Canada's evil oozes over the United States.— ATX (@__ATX__) June 6, 2019
that makes it obvious he doesn't use math or he'd see the benefits.— Chris (@Inman002gmailc2) June 6, 2019
What's hilarious is that he thinks the system based on objective physical standards and the decimal numbers we all use is the one that's "weird" and "inelegant".— David Eckstrom (@scrapFe) June 6, 2019
His head is gonna explode when he'll discover that time is measured the same in THE ENTIRE WORLD— Anabella (@GodessAnabella) June 6, 2019
Yes, because using 10 as a base numerical system is a government conspiracy to control it citizens into using easier math.. ???? pic.twitter.com/8L2zseWbv3— TrueNorthSNF (@rsguy999) June 6, 2019
I think I just lost some IQ points reading that statement.— Syndicatebigred (@syndicatebigred) June 6, 2019
What in the WHAT??????? pic.twitter.com/pIg7gVJjRx
If God had intended a metric system, Jesus would’ve had only ten disciples.— Rick Claymore (@RPClaymore) June 6, 2019
Yeah, we like to be able to not remember how much of one thing we’re measuring goes into another thing. Having it all work together sensibly is the kind of crap terrorists and dictators would want!— WM Rine (@WMRine) June 6, 2019
Whenever we decide to be sane, let’s also write numeral dates the sensible way.
Anyone who can count and do math would prefer the metric system. That is the problem.— Denise Dewald (@denise_dewald) June 6, 2019
The metric system is simple, accurate, and nearly universal. You can continue to use sixteenths of an inch if you like, as well as quarts, cups and gallons. We won't.— Steve Smith (@SteveSm96192148) June 6, 2019
He’s against anything else that makes sense, so this is about what I’d expect.— rolyatinator (@rolyatinator) June 6, 2019
Oh god I'm so tyrannized by my 10mm sockets. Or maybe it's my 3/8" sockets. I forget.— Our democracy has no more "guardrails" (@brucewilson) June 6, 2019
Would it be wrong of me to point out that the US currency is metric?— Jim Elliott ????????????️???? (@jelliott_to) June 6, 2019
Just let the free markets deci... oh— AJ Bee (@AJBee8) June 6, 2019
It's this kind of thing that's putting Onion writers out of business.— flycatcher (@olivesided) June 6, 2019
Math and making sense are oppression. There will be none of that here in Freedom America.