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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. Systematically killing billionaires and then taking and redistributing their wealth among the masses? What is this article, a modern-day modest proposal? Oh sure, if you're going to make a modest proposal like that, why don't we just start eating babies while we're at it?
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