To the Editor: Let me add my voice to the chorus of people outraged by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s comparison of immigrant confinement to concentration camps.
This is worse than obscene and ignorant. It is an utterly irresponsible use of language.
As a linguist, I am appalled by the deceptive reducing of two vastly different entities to a single point of comparison — confinement.
This is an argumentation technique that races to the bottom (usually Nazis) with specious reasoning: you have this in common with the worst; therefore, you have everything in common. It’s inflammatory language founded on the part-to-whole fallacy.
Of course, this demented woman-child will not back down, much less admit the reckless irrationality of her pronouncements. I hope she will be inundated with pictures of the real Holocaust. She should visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Israel. Maybe talk with survivors.
Then apologize and shut up.
ALAN M. PERLMAN