Originally Posted by BR
Or rather, the damaging effects of the ignorant masses who desperately cling to an inferior system of measure. Why not just go back to rods and furlongs and fortnights?
Your namesake was a fictitious, genius engineer (and genocidal maniac). Moreover, he was a fictitious, brilliant scientist. Randians should really try to embrace the science side of things a bit more.
Yes, John Galt, the genocidal maniac!
Closely allied with those great Objectivists Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Chairman Mao, Kim Il Sung, Hussein (the Saddam version) and genocidal wannabee Mahmoud Ahmadinejad!
Statists throughout history have considered people opposed to their beneficence as a contaminant to be exterminated; an infestation upon the Earth.
Dead people are of no use to capitalists.
One unit of measure is not "inferior" to another. They're just different, like languages. Or people. The fact that some are more common than others doesn't make them superior.
There's nothing particularly superior about the English language, arguably, it's inferior
to many others. It has countless contradictory rules and inconsistent sentence construction. Concepts commonly expressed in other languages lack any English equivalents. English isn't particularly easy to learn, yet it's commonly spoken throughout the world. Should the entire world abandon English because it's "inferior"?
In Arizona, car buyers know a 315 HP Mustang accelerates from 0 to 60 in about 5 seconds and gets 17 MPG. Translating this to SI (232 kW, 0 to 97 km/h, 7 km/l) would make no sense to Ford's largest market. Should they change all that simply because engineers and scientists use SI in their calculations?
"Science side of things"? Ridiculous. A yardstick has nothing to do with science. Neither should rulers.
It is arrogant to impose one's opinion of the "superiority" of one measurement system over another. Exploitation of taxpayers toward that goal is wasteful. Engineers abhor waste. Taxpayers can't afford it. Is that not the reason for this thread?
It's a big world, with lots of room for more than one system of measurement. I thought you liberals are supposed to embrace diversity?
Why not just go back to rods and furlongs and fortnights?
"Conservative" ≠ "Reactionary"