Take the Jonathan Swift Challenge: How Else Can We Utilize the Corpses of Babies?

Jonathan Swift

In 1729, Irish writer Jonathan Swift published a straight-faced satire called A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick.More commonly known by its abbreviated title, A Modest Proposal made the case that the poor in Ireland could kill two birds with one stone, as it were--reducing the number of mouths to feed, and enjoying a hearty repast--by eating their children. ¬†Swift wrote, … [Read more...]


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