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A Modest Proposal: for preventing the children of poor people in Ireland, from being a burden on their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the publick (1729)

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  1. HotPants
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    Ahhhhhh. But what the illustrious J Swift failed to realize, is that if you force mothers and the State to bear the burden now, you will have a plentiful labor force willing to work for...

    Ahhhhhh.

    But what the illustrious J Swift failed to realize, is that if you force mothers and the State to bear the burden now, you will have a plentiful labor force willing to work for sustainance wages in just 16-18 short years.

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  2. 0d_billie
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    When I was at university I came across Swift by way of this interpretation. I quite like the satire, and honestly it feels as relevant as ever.

    When I was at university I came across Swift by way of this interpretation. I quite like the satire, and honestly it feels as relevant as ever.

    3 votes
  3. lou
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    Actually around 3,651 words, a lot of it is the Gutenberg license.

    Actually around 3,651 words, a lot of it is the Gutenberg license.

    2 votes