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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.
A Modest Proposal on Method: Essaying the Study of Religion (reprint, 2015)
So let me offer my own modest proposal for a "golden spike" to mark the Anthropocene.
See "Internet Filtering, School Faculty, and Trust: A Modest Proposal .
A modest proposal is likely to make the results of the May vote easier to read: Voters are either willing to pay for better law enforcement or they're not.
So my modest proposal to Presidents Rowhani and Vladimir Putin is to begin discussions forcreation of new energy market infrastructure commencing in the Caspian region.
It first started in 2005 as something of a modest proposal - a small niche traditional music festival.
Their topics include validity and fairness in the testing of individuals, a modest proposal for an alternative validation approach in differential item functioning investigations, a Nordic comparative perspective on evaluation-centered school improvement, possibilities for addressing validity and other challenges in evaluation-centered school improvement models in the Netherlands and Malaysia, and applying Feuer's validation framework in a Canadian context.
In 1729 Jonathan Swift wrote a satirical essay, A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burden on Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick, which has come to be called A Modest Proposal.
I think some of them can and I have a modest proposal to make public life a lot less susceptible to allegations and royal commissions about one scandal or another.
Larry King Joins Group to Buy Dodgers [ESPN] Earlier: Larry King's New Business Potential Dodgers Buyers, In Order of Preference A Modest Proposal Regarding the Dodgers
This is not a tax on any individual pension, it is a levy on the funds, for four years, of a very modest proposal of 0.
Rafael Moneo's modest proposal was the undisputed winner of an international competition held in 1990.