a modest proposal


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a modest proposal

An extreme, unorthodox, and often provocative or distasteful remedy to a complex problem, generally suggested humorously or satirically. (An allusion to Jonathan Swift's 1729 essay A Modest Proposal, in which he suggests that the poor of Ireland could alleviate their woes by selling their children as food.) Here's a modest proposal, then: we create a hunting reserve where the world's wealthiest serve as game for the world's poorest, and for each hunter who makes a successful kill, their home country receives the wealth and assets of their prey.
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'A Modest Proposal,' the proposal, namely, that the misery of the poor in Ireland should be alleviated by the raising of children for food, like pigs, is one of the most powerful, as well as one of the most horrible, satires which ever issued from any human imagination.
Sometimes he uses apparently logical reasoning where either, as in 'A Modest Proposal,' the proposition, or, as in the 'Argument Against Abolishing Christianity,' the arguments are absurd.
At the end of this exploration, a modest proposal to reduce the suspected differential outcome of what is assumed about the equity of benefit distribution of Social Security, and the actual distribution of benefits of this so-called entitlement program.
How to end grade inflation: a modest proposal. New York Times Magazine, May 2, p.
All right, maybe that's not such a modest proposal. But it's offered with humility and animus toward no one--and with a growing concern that government and the private sector are moving steadily apart in what should be mutually supportive efforts toward providing quality long-term care.
A modest proposal: Let's return the prayer of the faithful to the faithful.
Buckley decades ago under the title, "A Modest Proposal" in the National Review.
Modest Proposal, A (in full A Modest Proposal For Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burthen to their Parents, Or the Country, and For Making Them Beneficial to the Publick) A satiric essay by Jonathan SWIFT, published in pamphlet form in 1729.