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A Modest Proposal [Reading] ➶ A Modest Proposal Author Jonathan Swift – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk This edition is written in English However there is a runningKorean thesaurus at the bottom of each page for the difficultEnglish words highlighted in the text This edition is written in English However there is a runningKorean thesaurus at the bottom of each page for the difficultEnglish words highlighted in the text.


10 thoughts on “A Modest Proposal

  1. Wil Wheaton Wil Wheaton says:

    Unbelievably funny satire that is painfully relevant today a couple hundred years after it was written


  2. Brian Brian says:

    Last night my daughter asked me to watch what passes for comedy to pre teens on Nickelodeon; a show low on laughs but high on laugh track It's Halloween week and of course the thematic drum of cheap scares and slutty costumes those of you dads that have 11 year old girls know what it is like to take a knee at the end of the show to have a side bar chat about this topic alone plays large when midway through the episode a six year old girl dressed like a failing barrister circa 1735 comes firing on stage screaming at her parents because they got her a Jonathan Swift costume instead of the reuested Taylor Swift This is where I wanted to pause live TV to tell my daughter about the original Swift about A Modest Proposal how our current American culture screams for someone like him to write about our never ending race problem our soul sucking capitalism at any cost our failed PAC fueled political system But my daughter is 11 I am 45 it's late on Saturday night and I don't have it in me I watch the Jonathan Swift girl rant and rave and I drool thinking about delicious Irish babies in a white wine sauce


  3. Maureen Maureen says:

    35 stars A modest proposal’ is a satirical essay written and published anonymously by Jonathan Swift in 1729 The essay suggests that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children for food to rich ladies and gentlemen This satirical hyperbole mocked heartless attitudes towards the poor as well as British policy toward the Irish in generalA macabre but tongue in cheek suggestion to the poor of 1729 on how to avoid poverty by selling their babies for food Lock up your babies now until they’re a fully formed adult is all I sayIt’s free on this link


  4. Cecily Cecily says:

    Gloom and doomWhen I was an undergraduate Thomas Malthus’ 1798 An Essay on the Principle of Population was on the geography curriculum and as a studious student I read some of it It was depressing as the gist seemed to be that we’re all going to die All of us Slowly Painfully Because population grows exponentially whereas the ability of humans to feed themselves grows only arithmetically linearly Image Linear versus exponential growth SourceSo we’ll starve And before that we’ll be too poor to buy what food there is because population growth will increase the labour supply and drive down wages The birth rate must be cut Celibacy should be promoted too And higher death rates acceptedKenneth Boulding’s poem from a 20th century environmental angle seemed to agree A Conservationist’s LamentThe world is finite resources are scarceThings are bad and will be worseCoal is burned and gas explodedForests cut and soils erodedWells are dry and air’s pollutedDust is blowing trees uprootedOil is going ores depletedDrains receive what is excretedLand is sinking seas are risingMan is far too enterprisingFire will rage with Man to fan itSoon we’ll have a plundered planetPeople breed like fertile rabbitsPeople have disgusting habitsMoralThe evolutionary planWent astray by evolving ManDouglas Adams agreed with that moralSoylent pinkI also discovered that seventy years before Malthus’ book Jonathan Swift had a different solution to the problem of overpopulation A Modest Proposal starts with grim descriptions of extreme poverty and hunger in Ireland “ It is a melancholy object to those who walk through this great town or travel in the country when they see the streets the roads and cabbin doors crowded with beggars of the female sex followed by three four or six children all in rags and importuning every passenger for an alms and women murdering their bastard children”A particular problem is that children are an expense for years before their parents can get any return on the investment they can’t afford in the first place“ I am assured by our merchants that a boy or a girl before twelve years old is no saleable commodity”After such concern his “modest” proposal is a total shock and would have been even so to 18th century readers unused to deadpan satire “ A young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food whether stewed roasted baked or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will eually serve in a fricasee or a ragoust”Image Dinner SourceHe goes into great detail not just culinary but about the practicalities of the trade He indirectly mocks his own suggestion by saying the only possible objection anyone might have is that it would reduce the population which he points out is his intention And just in case readers can’t think of any better solutions such as raising taxes controlling rents buying local products he lists them supposedly to dismiss them But we’re still hereI hope that writing that during the Coronavirus Covid 19 pandemic isn’t tempting fateWhen I was reading Swift and Malthus a couple of centuries after they were written there was certainly poverty and hunger around the world even in England and the Chinese One child policy was being strictly enforced Malthusianism hadn’t gone away but it hadn’t entirely come true either I had no immediate fears of starvation or even poverty Why was this I wondered Kenneth Boulding had an answer The Technologist’s ReplyMan’s potential is uite terrificYou can’t go back to the NeolithicThe cream is there for us to skim itKnowledge is power and the sky’s the limitEvery mouth has hands to feed itFood is found when people need itAll we need is found in graniteOnce we have the men to plan itYeast and algae give us meatSoil is almost obsoleteMen can grow to pastures greenerTill all the earth is PasadenaMoralMan’s a nuisance Man’s a crackpotBut only Man can hit the jackpot Back then I was firmly with the optimistic technologistAs a cynical middle aged adult in a country torn by Brexit and ravaged by a global pandemic I think both poems miss the crucial social political aspects and the fact that humans are not omnipotent Science has certainly helped but it's not all positive Crops and livestock have higher yields and are resistant to disease but there are risks from GM and antibiotic resistance Land that was unsuitable for farming can now be used but irrigation in one place leaves others barren Machines work faster than people so some lose their jobs Packaging and chilling reduce damage and yet waste increases Efficiency increases in many spheres but that increases demand so resources are used up faster Jevons paradox Technological advances benefit the rich than the poor And we could all be wiped out by a virus CheersImage Optimist pessimist realist opportunist SourceSourcesYou can read Swift and Malthus free on Gutenberg A Modest Proposal HERE An Essay on the Principle of Population HERE


  5. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    This made me laugh so much It’s just so brilliantly funny Swift adopts a very serious tone and an authoritative voice that almost sounds real He delivers his proposal in such a hilariously cold way that embodies a dejected government official I could imagine him writing this whilst struggling to keep a straight face as he mocks the English law makers The rich looked down upon the poor and saw them as a deplorable sub species of human which is rather ironic because without poverty there wouldn’t be any riches for them They were heartless and unempathetic to their fellow man This was even so in regard to the Irish The social policy was terrible and in his proposal Swift satirises it perfectly He suggests that the in order to control the population the Irish beggars should eat their own children I grant this food will be somewhat dear and therefore very proper for the landlords who as they have already devoured most of the parents seem to have the best title to the children He delivers facts and figures whilst contemplating breeding strategies that monitor population growth In this Swift delivers a wonderfully ironic argument that is just so damn funny I would love to have been alive in this period because I would have found it even funnier Well unless I was one of the beggars because then I’d be starving or unless I was a lord because then I’d look like a complete idiot Swift is such a comic geniusPenguin Little Black Classic 08 The Little Black Classic Collection by penguin looks like it contains lots of hidden gems I couldn’t help it; they looked so good that I went and bought them all I shall post a short review after reading each one No doubt it will take me several months to get through all of them Hopefully I will find some classic authors from across the ages that I may not have come across had I not bought this collection


  6. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    One book leads to anotherAfter listening to the audiobook Food A Love Story by Jim Gaffigana hilarious walking companionI uoted a Bizzarre Line from JimMaybe All Americans should just eat starving people from other nationsmy mind went elsewhere with that line the complete opposite with Jim but laughed anywaySogetting a little serious During the comments Orinoco Womble tidy bag and all asked me if I had readlistened to Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal I hadn'tDoing a little research about the 'very short' satireI first downloaded it on my Kindle for 'free' and read itStill interested I downloaded the audiobook and listened to it The idea 'behind' A Modest Proposal starts with a much deeper profound purpose than Gaffigan's Food book Sure Gaffigan may had hit the button on a political social issue with is 'eating starving people from nations' by accident But Jim wrote about Food primarily because he likes to eat It's a topic he knows about and he's a comedian Jonathan Swift had a clear intention with this 'tongue and cheek' hilarious and somewhat repulsive satire His short story was definitely a Political and social issue satire This book was first published in 1789 There were many starving and poor people in IrelandReading listening to this small satire gave me a deeper appreciation for St Patrick's day which was just celebrated a few days ago Irish people were living in villages owned by wealthy English landownersand for years lived under the power of The English Parliament Swift set out to address the serious issue of poverty His 'modest' proposal was to eat useless babies by his calculations there were about 120 thousand which would help curb the population growth Swift's imagination of profits and benefits for wealthy England from the Irish babies skin ladies gloves men's bootswas so creepy It was all creepy with the undertone being a very sad time in history Given how absurd this 'entire' story is I can only conclude Swift was pointing out the obvious ridiculousness people were fighting over land money and religionwhen people were 'starving' The modest proposal wasn't 'modest' at all It was an earthuake Hoping to wake people up and move people into humane actions


  7. James James says:

    Book Review A Modest Proposal is a satirical work of fiction by Jonathan Swift written nearly 300 years ago It is an Irish piece originally published anonymously but served as a way to shove stupidity in the face of the English government and wealthy Essentially in order to solve the problem of poverty people should eat their children But it was written in a very serious manner as though it were meant to be real suggestions Ahead of its time it propelled Swift to the forefront of both English literature and the 18th century collection of masterpieces Although not very long under 50 pages the language is a bit outdated and reuires a few translations to understand what he meant back during that period of time The humor is undeniable The time he took to create a solution for every aspect of the problem as well as provide counter points is incredibly delicious pun intended Though a bit too absurd even for me it's still one of those parts of our English courses we all enjoy reading It's hilarious to a 15 year old who may not know all the different parts of history or the way in which governmental red tape can work Find a few pages online after perusing this review just sample some of the words and phrases he used It may push you into reading the whole thing About Me For those new to me or my reviews here's the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you'll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creatorspolldaddy poll9729544


  8. Leonard Gaya Leonard Gaya says:

    The famous satirist author of Gulliver's Travels wrote several political texts vituperating against the hopeless condition of his native Ireland and the ineptitude of its British rulers thank God things have much improved since This short volume includes a few of these texts In one of them Swift compares man to a broomstick a glorious animal turned upside down and defeated; in another he gives a list of conditions that make a country prosperous and goes on to demonstrate that Ireland meets practically none; in another still he vilifies some of the customs in use at the time in Dublin like town crying leaving piles of excrements on the pavement and so on“A Modest Proposal” which gives this volume its title is another of these polemical texts where Swift uses a straight faced shocking humour something that might not pass the censorship of political correctness today advocating that poor people’s children instead of being mouths to feed should be sold to the butcher and “stewed roasted baked or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will eually serve in a fricassee or a ragout” for the enjoyment of the rich people of Dublin I am just wondering why he left out sautéing frying and braising à la MatignonAll this is written in jest of course but when you get ten pages of this sustained cannibalistic sarcasm the laughter becomes uite sour indeed The fact that Tertullian’s Apology might have inspired this text does not come as a surprise The problems raised by Swift are still topical and with a bit of imagination his lampoon could become for our time a vindication of vegetarianism or a blueprint for some dystopian novel


  9. Scribble Orca Scribble Orca says:

    Goodreaders my Friends “who peruse this Review Be not offended whilst on it you chew Denude yourselves of all depraved affection For it contains no badness nor infection 'Tis true that it brings forth to you no birth Of any value but in point of mirth; Thinking therefore how sorrow might your mind Consume I could no apt subject find; One plume of joy surmounts of grief a duration; Because to laugh is proper to the rational person”–Rabelais


  10. Brad Brad says:

    there is no better way to kick off a semester of literature than a modest proposal one smart ass student always tries to derail the conversation with an early declaration of the proposal’s satire but no one listens and within moments i have a class of fifty sixty students angry frustrated and sometimes rabid as i take swift’s ironic side and ask the students with all the seriousness i can muster which is uite a bit if we shouldn’t give it a try i follow that up with “why not” after “why not” then smack them upside the head with their universal humanist superiority complex and force them to think it’s so new to them they leave hating me or loving me but they do leave thinking poor bastards except that one mormon in the front row he never leaves thinking anything other than how superior he is and what a dipshit i am


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10 thoughts on “A Modest Proposal

  1. Wil Wheaton Wil Wheaton says:

    Unbelievably funny satire that is painfully relevant today a couple hundred years after it was written

  2. Brian Brian says:

    Last night my daughter asked me to watch what passes for comedy to pre teens on Nickelodeon; a show low on laughs but high on laugh track It's Halloween week and of course the thematic drum of cheap scares and slutty costumes those of you dads that have 11 year old girls know what it is like to take a knee at the end of the show to have a side bar chat about this topic alone plays large when midway through the episode a six year old girl dressed like a failing barrister circa 1735 comes firing on stage screaming at her parents because they got her a Jonathan Swift costume instead of the reuested Taylor Swift This is where I wanted to pause live TV to tell my daughter about the original Swift about A Modest Proposal how our current American culture screams for someone like him to write about our never ending race problem our soul sucking capitalism at any cost our failed PAC fueled political system But my daughter is 11 I am 45 it's late on Saturday night and I don't have it in me I watch the Jonathan Swift girl rant and rave and I drool thinking about delicious Irish babies in a white wine sauce

  3. Maureen Maureen says:

    35 stars A modest proposal’ is a satirical essay written and published anonymously by Jonathan Swift in 1729 The essay suggests that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children for food to rich ladies and gentlemen This satirical hyperbole mocked heartless attitudes towards the poor as well as British policy toward the Irish in generalA macabre but tongue in cheek suggestion to the poor of 1729 on how to avoid poverty by selling their babies for food Lock up your babies now until they’re a fully formed adult is all I sayIt’s free on this link

  4. Cecily Cecily says:

    Gloom and doomWhen I was an undergraduate Thomas Malthus’ 1798 An Essay on the Principle of Population was on the geography curriculum and as a studious student I read some of it It was depressing as the gist seemed to be that we’re all going to die All of us Slowly Painfully Because population grows exponentially whereas the ability of humans to feed themselves grows only arithmetically linearly Image Linear versus exponential growth SourceSo we’ll starve And before that we’ll be too poor to buy what food there is because population growth will increase the labour supply and drive down wages The birth rate must be cut Celibacy should be promoted too And higher death rates acceptedKenneth Boulding’s poem from a 20th century environmental angle seemed to agree A Conservationist’s LamentThe world is finite resources are scarceThings are bad and will be worseCoal is burned and gas explodedForests cut and soils erodedWells are dry and air’s pollutedDust is blowing trees uprootedOil is going ores depletedDrains receive what is excretedLand is sinking seas are risingMan is far too enterprisingFire will rage with Man to fan itSoon we’ll have a plundered planetPeople breed like fertile rabbitsPeople have disgusting habitsMoralThe evolutionary planWent astray by evolving ManDouglas Adams agreed with that moralSoylent pinkI also discovered that seventy years before Malthus’ book Jonathan Swift had a different solution to the problem of overpopulation A Modest Proposal starts with grim descriptions of extreme poverty and hunger in Ireland “ It is a melancholy object to those who walk through this great town or travel in the country when they see the streets the roads and cabbin doors crowded with beggars of the female sex followed by three four or six children all in rags and importuning every passenger for an alms and women murdering their bastard children”A particular problem is that children are an expense for years before their parents can get any return on the investment they can’t afford in the first place“ I am assured by our merchants that a boy or a girl before twelve years old is no saleable commodity”After such concern his “modest” proposal is a total shock and would have been even so to 18th century readers unused to deadpan satire “ A young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food whether stewed roasted baked or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will eually serve in a fricasee or a ragoust”Image Dinner SourceHe goes into great detail not just culinary but about the practicalities of the trade He indirectly mocks his own suggestion by saying the only possible objection anyone might have is that it would reduce the population which he points out is his intention And just in case readers can’t think of any better solutions such as raising taxes controlling rents buying local products he lists them supposedly to dismiss them But we’re still hereI hope that writing that during the Coronavirus Covid 19 pandemic isn’t tempting fateWhen I was reading Swift and Malthus a couple of centuries after they were written there was certainly poverty and hunger around the world even in England and the Chinese One child policy was being strictly enforced Malthusianism hadn’t gone away but it hadn’t entirely come true either I had no immediate fears of starvation or even poverty Why was this I wondered Kenneth Boulding had an answer The Technologist’s ReplyMan’s potential is uite terrificYou can’t go back to the NeolithicThe cream is there for us to skim itKnowledge is power and the sky’s the limitEvery mouth has hands to feed itFood is found when people need itAll we need is found in graniteOnce we have the men to plan itYeast and algae give us meatSoil is almost obsoleteMen can grow to pastures greenerTill all the earth is PasadenaMoralMan’s a nuisance Man’s a crackpotBut only Man can hit the jackpot Back then I was firmly with the optimistic technologistAs a cynical middle aged adult in a country torn by Brexit and ravaged by a global pandemic I think both poems miss the crucial social political aspects and the fact that humans are not omnipotent Science has certainly helped but it's not all positive Crops and livestock have higher yields and are resistant to disease but there are risks from GM and antibiotic resistance Land that was unsuitable for farming can now be used but irrigation in one place leaves others barren Machines work faster than people so some lose their jobs Packaging and chilling reduce damage and yet waste increases Efficiency increases in many spheres but that increases demand so resources are used up faster Jevons paradox Technological advances benefit the rich than the poor And we could all be wiped out by a virus CheersImage Optimist pessimist realist opportunist SourceSourcesYou can read Swift and Malthus free on Gutenberg A Modest Proposal HERE An Essay on the Principle of Population HERE

  5. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    This made me laugh so much It’s just so brilliantly funny Swift adopts a very serious tone and an authoritative voice that almost sounds real He delivers his proposal in such a hilariously cold way that embodies a dejected government official I could imagine him writing this whilst struggling to keep a straight face as he mocks the English law makers The rich looked down upon the poor and saw them as a deplorable sub species of human which is rather ironic because without poverty there wouldn’t be any riches for them They were heartless and unempathetic to their fellow man This was even so in regard to the Irish The social policy was terrible and in his proposal Swift satirises it perfectly He suggests that the in order to control the population the Irish beggars should eat their own children I grant this food will be somewhat dear and therefore very proper for the landlords who as they have already devoured most of the parents seem to have the best title to the children He delivers facts and figures whilst contemplating breeding strategies that monitor population growth In this Swift delivers a wonderfully ironic argument that is just so damn funny I would love to have been alive in this period because I would have found it even funnier Well unless I was one of the beggars because then I’d be starving or unless I was a lord because then I’d look like a complete idiot Swift is such a comic geniusPenguin Little Black Classic 08 The Little Black Classic Collection by penguin looks like it contains lots of hidden gems I couldn’t help it; they looked so good that I went and bought them all I shall post a short review after reading each one No doubt it will take me several months to get through all of them Hopefully I will find some classic authors from across the ages that I may not have come across had I not bought this collection

  6. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    One book leads to anotherAfter listening to the audiobook Food A Love Story by Jim Gaffigana hilarious walking companionI uoted a Bizzarre Line from JimMaybe All Americans should just eat starving people from other nationsmy mind went elsewhere with that line the complete opposite with Jim but laughed anywaySogetting a little serious During the comments Orinoco Womble tidy bag and all asked me if I had readlistened to Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal I hadn'tDoing a little research about the 'very short' satireI first downloaded it on my Kindle for 'free' and read itStill interested I downloaded the audiobook and listened to it The idea 'behind' A Modest Proposal starts with a much deeper profound purpose than Gaffigan's Food book Sure Gaffigan may had hit the button on a political social issue with is 'eating starving people from nations' by accident But Jim wrote about Food primarily because he likes to eat It's a topic he knows about and he's a comedian Jonathan Swift had a clear intention with this 'tongue and cheek' hilarious and somewhat repulsive satire His short story was definitely a Political and social issue satire This book was first published in 1789 There were many starving and poor people in IrelandReading listening to this small satire gave me a deeper appreciation for St Patrick's day which was just celebrated a few days ago Irish people were living in villages owned by wealthy English landownersand for years lived under the power of The English Parliament Swift set out to address the serious issue of poverty His 'modest' proposal was to eat useless babies by his calculations there were about 120 thousand which would help curb the population growth Swift's imagination of profits and benefits for wealthy England from the Irish babies skin ladies gloves men's bootswas so creepy It was all creepy with the undertone being a very sad time in history Given how absurd this 'entire' story is I can only conclude Swift was pointing out the obvious ridiculousness people were fighting over land money and religionwhen people were 'starving' The modest proposal wasn't 'modest' at all It was an earthuake Hoping to wake people up and move people into humane actions

  7. James James says:

    Book Review A Modest Proposal is a satirical work of fiction by Jonathan Swift written nearly 300 years ago It is an Irish piece originally published anonymously but served as a way to shove stupidity in the face of the English government and wealthy Essentially in order to solve the problem of poverty people should eat their children But it was written in a very serious manner as though it were meant to be real suggestions Ahead of its time it propelled Swift to the forefront of both English literature and the 18th century collection of masterpieces Although not very long under 50 pages the language is a bit outdated and reuires a few translations to understand what he meant back during that period of time The humor is undeniable The time he took to create a solution for every aspect of the problem as well as provide counter points is incredibly delicious pun intended Though a bit too absurd even for me it's still one of those parts of our English courses we all enjoy reading It's hilarious to a 15 year old who may not know all the different parts of history or the way in which governmental red tape can work Find a few pages online after perusing this review just sample some of the words and phrases he used It may push you into reading the whole thing About Me For those new to me or my reviews here's the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you'll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creatorspolldaddy poll9729544

  8. Leonard Gaya Leonard Gaya says:

    The famous satirist author of Gulliver's Travels wrote several political texts vituperating against the hopeless condition of his native Ireland and the ineptitude of its British rulers thank God things have much improved since This short volume includes a few of these texts In one of them Swift compares man to a broomstick a glorious animal turned upside down and defeated; in another he gives a list of conditions that make a country prosperous and goes on to demonstrate that Ireland meets practically none; in another still he vilifies some of the customs in use at the time in Dublin like town crying leaving piles of excrements on the pavement and so on“A Modest Proposal” which gives this volume its title is another of these polemical texts where Swift uses a straight faced shocking humour something that might not pass the censorship of political correctness today advocating that poor people’s children instead of being mouths to feed should be sold to the butcher and “stewed roasted baked or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will eually serve in a fricassee or a ragout” for the enjoyment of the rich people of Dublin I am just wondering why he left out sautéing frying and braising à la MatignonAll this is written in jest of course but when you get ten pages of this sustained cannibalistic sarcasm the laughter becomes uite sour indeed The fact that Tertullian’s Apology might have inspired this text does not come as a surprise The problems raised by Swift are still topical and with a bit of imagination his lampoon could become for our time a vindication of vegetarianism or a blueprint for some dystopian novel

  9. Scribble Orca Scribble Orca says:

    Goodreaders my Friends “who peruse this Review Be not offended whilst on it you chew Denude yourselves of all depraved affection For it contains no badness nor infection 'Tis true that it brings forth to you no birth Of any value but in point of mirth; Thinking therefore how sorrow might your mind Consume I could no apt subject find; One plume of joy surmounts of grief a duration; Because to laugh is proper to the rational person”–Rabelais

  10. Brad Brad says:

    there is no better way to kick off a semester of literature than a modest proposal one smart ass student always tries to derail the conversation with an early declaration of the proposal’s satire but no one listens and within moments i have a class of fifty sixty students angry frustrated and sometimes rabid as i take swift’s ironic side and ask the students with all the seriousness i can muster which is uite a bit if we shouldn’t give it a try i follow that up with “why not” after “why not” then smack them upside the head with their universal humanist superiority complex and force them to think it’s so new to them they leave hating me or loving me but they do leave thinking poor bastards except that one mormon in the front row he never leaves thinking anything other than how superior he is and what a dipshit i am

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