Make children into food items to fix the “Irish problem” and any other issue with the poor. These were the proposed actions made by Jonathan Swift in “A Modest Proposal.” A quintessential piece of irony, this piece was written by a man that 300 years ago equated the likes of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. Yes, it was a joke, but one said with the straightest face. Read more on what this means for irony.
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