Tucker Carlson: Ugly Buildings Are Designed to Dehumanize Us

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Tucker Carlson says ugly buildings are designed to dehumanize us

Fox news host Tucker Carlson has spoken out about the ‘dehumanizing’ architecture of the United States, which he says is deigned to demean those who work and live in the lifeless buildings.

At a recent event in Hungary, Carlson remarked that the architecture in the country contrasts starkly with the soulless glass and steel of the United States:

“Dehumanizing is the act of convincing people that they don’t matter, that they are less significant than the larger whole, that they are not distinct souls, that they are not unique, that they are not created by God, that they are merely putty in the hands of some larger force that they must obey,” Carlson said.

“Mies van der Rohe architecture was designed to send that message not to uplift, but to oppress. And it is very noticeable and this is never noted in the United States, which unfortunately over time has had its aesthetic sense dulled. We’ve been told it’s not important,” he continued.

“What matters is GDP really, you know, get the new microwave or whatever. The new car, the new place in Aspen.”

Foxnews.com reports: In contrast, Hungarian and Central European architecture is essentially a lesson to the West of how good Americans have it, to the point that they don’t understand or can’t fathom the world across the oceans from them, the host continued.

He pointed to bullet holes still lodged in the Gothic buildings – something few places in the U.S. outside of towns like Gettysburg, Pa., or Franklin, Tenn., – can lay claim to. 

To the American observer, Carlson said, seeing buildings wracked with wartime damage prove “a very useful reminder” to those who don’t collectively have memories or fears of things going bad in that way in one’s daily life.

“I wish I lived in a city full of bullet holes in the building because every morning you look at them and you think to yourself, it could be really bad because it’s been really bad. There’s a lot at stake,” he said, adding that the permanently damaged buildings remind Hungarians to “make wise, sober, long term decisions or else you could wind up with more bullet holes.”

“I could spend all day leveling very accurate accusations against the American foreign policy establishment, but the main one would be that they have no sense of how bad things can get,” he said, calling it the “bad side of the upside of America.”

“America is an optimistic country, always has been,” Carlson said noting that the pilgrims “showed up in this mostly untouched continent with the most fertile farmland in the world and an ocean to separate us from the lunatics,” he remarked.

“And it gave us the feeling that anything is possible and everything has been possible. And I’ve never stopped being grateful for that or proud of it. But the downside to that, the flip side, the obverse, the other side of the coin, as you say in Hungary, is that Americans have no sense of how bad things can get, that it actually could be a lot worse. Our physical isolation cuts us off from the history of the rest of the world.”

“There’s not a passion to study what happened before in a place that you’re building a new. Right, right. So we don’t have a sense of that. So I love your bullet holes. Let me just say, I’m probably the only visitor to your nation has complimented your small arms and artillery scars …The buildings are pretty. The architecture uplifts. So this is another this is another third rail of American politics,” Carlson said.

Carlson also remarked about how well Hungarian citizens speak the foreign language English very well:

“Every Hungarian I have met, every from the driver to the waiter to the border guard had better English than our own president,” he said.

He added that Hungary’s emphasis on national security is another unfortunate dichotomy between Orban’s Hungary and Biden’s America.

Recalling a visit to a border station, Carlson spoke about being impressed by a tacit but “powerful display” as he asked a Hungarian border guard how often throngs of illegal immigrants come across the border or its fence. The guard silently stopped his pace, looked down, and picked up a plastic wrapper, and moved on.

“I don’t think I’ve I have seen in my life very few displays more powerful than that,” Carlson said.


  1. I’ve always loved the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. It was very modern, and yet, to me, very human.

  2. The old buildings in the old cities are some beautiful structures. Even the houses built where I live during the early 1900s are of wonderful designs, representative of architectural styles worldwide. I believe modern design has one purpose, which is to save money. The men who worked on those old, old buildings were craftsmen doing a labor of love. Now the people who do those jobs are construction workers there to collect a paycheck.

    • Read “Castles in Spain and Other Screeds” -John Galsworthy. 1927. This dehumanization has been going on for a long time.

  3. Funny, Prince Charles, who said of the proposed 1980s extension of the National Gallery “What is proposed is like a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend”, has been criticizing modern architecture for decades for being de-humanizing. He has also been castigated endlessly for being out of touch and an an elitist. I suspect Carlson will be accused of the same.

  4. Hungarians are among the smartest people I have ever encountered. They are unique in that they are both intellectually smart and street smart.

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