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  •  I recall my long ago high school days when our (4+ / 0-)

    English literature teacher had the entire class open our literature textbook to Swift's brilliant work and all read it silently.

    The stifled giggles (including mine) and shocked gasps were priceless when we all reached the same sentence summarizing his proposal.

    That's when I became a progressive.  

    "There's something wrong with a system where a handful of people have more than they'd ever need and the mass of the people have less than they always need." -- Rev. Joseph Lowery

    by caul on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 01:17:50 AM PDT

    •  He wrote it to shame those who (3+ / 0-)
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      claimed to care about the poor but of course blamed the poor rather than the system for poverty; he gave them the obvious conclusion of their logic. He did a wonderful job ... it didn't stop them, but it exposed their hypocrisy for what it was.

      They use the pamphlet in the UK to teach children what satire is and to get them to understand how to argue an absurd point when you mean something else. I love this piece and have been wanting to do something in homage to him; I knew that sooner or later the Tories would cross that line from hypocrisy to sheer hate and they did it.

      Compare Swift (who was an Anglican reverend practising in Ireland) to that of Malthus (also a reverend but a political economist) and there see the difference between a human being and a beast.

      "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

      by NY brit expat on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 03:41:15 AM PDT

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