A Modest Proposal
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I grant this food will be somewhat dear, and therefore very proper for the landlords, who, as they have already devoured most of the parents, seem to have the best title for the children. (12)
Swift hated the idea of political greed. Many of his political arguments were actually moral ones, arguing for charity toward the Irish.
Sixthly, this would be a great inducement to marriage, which all wise nations have either encouraged by rewards or enforced by laws and penalties. (25)
In Swift's dystopian Ireland, even marriage is viewed as a means of producing goods for sale. Chilling.
Therefore, let no man talk to me of other expedients: […] of being a little cautious not to sell our country and consciences for nothing. (28)
Swift not only provides his own (true) suggestions for improving Ireland, but scolds political mercenaries without principles.