"Swift's essay is widely held to be one of the greatest examples of sustained irony in the history of the English language. Much of its shock value derives from the fact that the first portion of the essay describes the plight of starving beggars in Ireland, so that the reader is unprepared for the surprise of Swift's solution when he states: "A young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout. Jonathan Swift in "A Modest Proposal …"
I emerged from an eye appointment today to learn that the Larouche Raiders had staged an embarrassment at an AOC town hall in which they had a young woman plead passionately for cannibalism as a means of saving the planet from the insidious effects of human population of the earth. Was AOC smart enough to laugh at this farce? Apparently she was not.
My learned committee members will of course recall that Jonathan Swift archly proposed in his essay "A Modest proposal …" that poverty in Ireland could be avoided in much the same way .. pl