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A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
Whilst in his widely familiar work of fiction, Gulliver’s Travels (1726), Jonathan Swift sends protagonist Lemuel Gulliver “into Several Remote Nations of the World,” to find human folly, in his “modest proposal” of 1729 he suggests that the Irish people should eat their own children in order to improve economy. Close to home, “A Modest Proposal” was initially published under a pseudonym in order to avoid the author of personal harm.
“There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them,” noted another satirist, of the 20th century, by the name of George Orwell.