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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