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by Jonathan Swift

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In "A Modest Proposal," Swift lists several proposals that are based on common sense. Why does he refuse to discuss the alternatives?

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Among Swift’s reasonable propositions include using locally manufactured products as opposed to imports and landlords showing the smallest amount of mercy towards their tenants. However, he refuses to discuss them further owing to the fact that for years he had brought forth the same proposals but none had been adopted. He had grown weary trying to advocate for their implementation when he came across his “modest proposal.” Swift further stated that no one should bother discussing the alternative proposals or others of the same nature because it would be further efforts in futility as those with the power to...

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