at what age does the speaker suggest that children are ready to be made useful to society through his plan?

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Jonathan Swift's satirical essay A Modest Proposal is his attempt to critique Irish public policy and to critique the lack of caring which the rich of his time exhibited toward the poor. Swift's proposal states that poor Irish men and women would stand to gain if they were to sell their children to be eaten by rich men and women.  Although intended as a satire, Swift goes to great lengths to develop a logic to his point.  He states that children that are a year old would be ideal for this venture, as they would have been well nursed and would have the right body composition for proper cooking and consumption.

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