A Modest Proposal

swift_modest_proposal-173x300By Jonathan Swift.

A genius work of satire. I can’t believe Swift was writing this stuff in 1729. Reading it, you can’t help think think of the current crop of politicians and their attitude to the poor which doesn’t seem to have changed much. The best line of the piece would be:

“I grant this food will be somewhat dear, and therefore very proper for landlords, who, as they have already devoured most of the parents, seem to have the best title to the children.”

This is essential reading. I can feel a re-read of Gulliver’s Travels coming on.

Soundtrack: Motorhead – Eat the Rich.


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