Why an Analogy Is Not a Solution (Again)


In other news from the GOP side of the presidential campaign, Chris Christie has suggested that he would consult with the CEO of FedEx on how to reduce our problems with illegal immigrants because FedEx accurately tracks ten of millions of packages per year.

Almost immediately, Chistie was criticized for comparing human beings to parcels, and he defended himself by saying that he didn’t mean the analogy to be understood in that way—begging the question of how the analogy would make any sense whatsoever if he were not comparing human beings to parcels.

But, putting that question aside for the moment, the analogy is not really cogent, never mind illuminating, for a number of other reasons.

First, the real issue is the 11 million or more undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S. So the analogy would have to be: what if FedEx suddenly discovered that it had no idea…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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