What are the points that the speaker makes in favor of his arguments in Jonathan Swift's satirical essay "A Modest Proposal"?

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One reason to support the speaker's proposal in "A Modest Proposal" is that women nurse their young for one year in all events and a woman can be sustained during that year by her meager occupation of begging. Another reason presented in an emotional appeal is that his proposal will put an end to abortions and the practice of murdering unwanted babies. A third reason is that infants are not of any employable worth even as thieves under six years of age, in fact, twelve years old is better.

A primary reason is that the superfluity of Irish children that he means to bring to productive ends are seldom the result of marriage. A corresponding reason is that landlords devour the parents and therefore it seems fitting that they should devour the children as well. The speaker in the satirical essay sums up many more reasons by saying that he proposes this for "the public good of my country, by advancing our trade, providing for infants, relieving the poor, and giving some pleasure to the rich."

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