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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.
George Martin, the Beatles' producer at their crest, puts forth a modest proposal - drug tests for rockers.
It first started in 2005 as something of a modest proposal - a small niche traditional music festival.
They claimed to be making reference to A Modest Proposal, a satirical essay by Jonathan Swift in 1729 suggesting Ireland's poor could ease their money worries by selling their children as food for rich gentlemen and ladies.
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.
Reacting to comments made by Congress leader and Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma that members of the Gandhi family were not for the chief minister's post, but for the post of prime minister, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad: "I would like to recall Benibabu (Beni Prasad Verma) that I had given a modest proposal to the Congress 25 days ago in Lucknow that Rahul Gandhi should be made the Prime Minister.
And when a British Prime Minister goes to a summit with a very modest proposal to protect a British industry, a snarling Sarkozy tells him where to go and he is without a friend in the room: some influence
Even the modest proposal to eject the British ambassador and reduce ties to the level of charge d'affaires had been rejected, he said.
Rafael Moneo's modest proposal was the undisputed winner of an international competition held in 1990.
The scale of the expansion surprised administrators, who had been given an early preview of a more modest proposal in January.
I REMEMBER, IN A COLLEGE LITERATURE class reading Jonathan Swifts brilliant satirical essay Modest Proposal.