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...]

Happy Birthday, Archie Bunker!

Carroll O'Connor, American actor best known for his role as bigoted working man Archie Bunker in Norman Lear's '70s pop hit "All In The Family," was born on August 2, 1924.Archie's deadpan comedy mocked racism, religion and the political unrest of the time.  Juxtaposed against his liberal son-in-law Mike (Rob Reiner), Archie's diatribes explored complex social issues.In tribute to Archie (and to O'Connor), here's Archie's classic discussion of "Christian vs. C … [Read more...]