A Modest Proposal

Ian A. York york at mbcrr.dfci.harvard.edu
Mon Sep 19 18:55:37 EST 1994


In article <940919174055.40438 at UABCVSR.cvsr.uab.edu> txpljfg at UABCVSR.CVSR.UAB.EDU writes:
>I am a little unsure whether such trash should even merit the
>cluttering up what little bandwidth we have, but just in case someone
>should take this idea seriously some statement should be made I
>suppose.

 . . . uuuhh. . . In case anyone missed the joke . . . Jonathan Swift wrote a 
savage parody of English treatment of the Irish - it suggested that (I think;
it's been a long time since I read this) the Irish eat their own children, 
thus providing simultaneuous solutions to the problems of overpopulation and 
malnutrition . . . the essay was aimed at the English attitude at the time 
which Swift perceived as smug selfishness:  Why don't the Irish simply do
(fill in the your own stupid suggestion) (like Donald Trump explaining how he
made his fortune the old-fashioned way).  Swift's essay was called A Modest 
Proposal.  See any connections here?

Ian






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