When the Metric Imposition Was Defeated

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Under Republican Gerald Ford, the US government tried to impose by force the metric system on all of American life. Scientists had earlier adopted it for themselves, and that was fine, but the French Revolutionary construct was alleged to be better than the ancient and humane foot, yard, pound, etc., even for commerce. (The creepy Jacobins also wanted to get rid of traditional month names and start over again with Year 1, and make the clock decimal.) For me, the high water mark of the US campaign was seeing signs on the highway indicating the distance in kilometers to the next city, and then in tiny numbers underneath, the distance in miles. But folks, it didn’t work. People refused to go along, to the continuing upset of the Progs. BTW, the French government had to return to old month names and year numbering, and never got away with decimal time, but tragically, they did succeed in abolishing the old weights and measures. And, of course, in committing mass murder of domestic dissidents and foreigners under the monster Bonaparte. Constructivism seems all of a piece.

5:04 pm on August 12, 2014